Cross Country Sprints Towards the Championships

Lawrence Han ‘12 rocks his shades and shows off his sweet abs as he leads the pack during cross country practice.

Lawrence Han ‘12 rocks his shades and shows off his sweet abs as he leads the pack during cross country practice.

Reese Levine, Staff Writer

After a successful 2010 season that saw great performances from all athletes, Miramonte’s cross country team returns in 2011 hoping to continue right where they left off.

Although the team lost seniors like Leahna Purcell, Pierce Haley, and Rory Fearon, many runners are returning, including Jamie Ferhnstrom ‘12, Mary Doyle ‘12, and Tyler Hanson ‘13.

“We’ll certainly miss the people who graduated, who brought a great vibe to the team,” said Ferhnstrom, a team captain. “But most of our top runners stayed.”

Over the summer, much of the team attended a camp in Tahoe to help prepare them for the upcoming season. There, the athletes built the foundations of a good team dynamic and bonded with each other.

“Running at altitude helps with endurance and breathing a lot,” said Ferhnstrom. “Also, spending so much time together gets the team to come together.”

This dynamic will gain significance when the runners will have to support each other at important meets like the Clovis Invitational, DFALs, and NCS. Running away from home turf adds pressure, and teammates will have to look to each other to combat much of the stress.

“We really want the team to make it to state this year,” said Hanson. “Right now we’re ranked third in NCS, and the top four teams advance to the state meet.”

The team also has gained some new talent. “Dillon Read ‘13 really stepped it up this year,” said Ferhnstrom. “He’s going to do really well.”

Already this year, the team is off to a great start. At the recent Ed Sias meet, Hanson placed first, and the varsity men won the team classification for the first time ever.

The women also started off strong, with three new runners, Rebekah Ent ‘13, Ariel Thomas ‘13, and Selena Macduff ’12, leading the Mats across the line.

Cross country is bound to be a prominent team in NCS this year, having already beaten their archrival Campolindo in the first meet of the season. They may not have sealed their ticket to state championships with their win, but they certainly have taken a step in the right direction.