Cross country: more than just running

Brittney Palik

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Senior Justin Escamilla leads team in starting practice. Escamilla has been on the team for 3 years.

Cross country is a sport that requires athletes to push themselves and test their personal limits. The David City Cross Country team puts in work every day to prepare themselves for their races.

 

“If cross country was easy, everyone would do it,” senior Carter Ossian said. Ossian has been part of the team for 6 years. “In middle school, I was really small, so I figured if I did football I would break every bone in my body. I kept doing it for so long because the cross country atmosphere is more like a family; you get close and get to know each other.”

 

Sophomore Clayton Harris has been on the team for 2 years. Harris enjoys cross country for the relationships and friendships he has made.

 

One thing most of the runners had in common was the feeling that cross country is sometimes forgotten about.

 

“Sometimes I feel like we get forgotten about. We aren’t as big as other sports; we have such a small team,” Harris said.

 

“People forget about us all the time,” senior Justin Escamilla said. “They congratulate us after a meet and then forget about us.”

 

The cross country team is always open to new members if anyone is interested in giving it a try.

 

“More people should do cross country. It is a great way to get in shape, there’s a really close family atmosphere, and it’s not nearly as bad as people say it is,” Ossian said.

 

The team will be competing next on September 18 at the Malcolm Invitational at 4.

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