Photo By Parker Trevillyan
Every single person on the team shares the same goal of creating new personal records on the XC team. Last year Abdiweli Mohamed was able to achieve the goal of making it to state. Mohamed is now a student at Clackamas Community College.
Your chest is burning, just breathing hurts, you want to just stop running, but you can’t. You convince yourself to keep on going, just a little further, and against all odds, you cross the finish line, 20 minutes of running just for this.
The pain also brings on a form of exhilaration, called “runner’s high,” cross country team captain Kylie Storm said. “It feels exhilarating, and it also feels like death,” Storm said.
Running for hours may seem too physically demanding to even try. It’s tiring, hard, and for some, incredibly difficult, but for the cross country team, it’s what they do. It isn’t light work. They have to practice as much as they can if they want to succeed.
With the help of new head coach Steve Sexton, the runners are seeing improving times. The workouts are different, with more strength training and sprint work on the track.
Previous head coach Karmin Williams left Parkrose this summer, taking up a new job as vice principal at Faubion Elementary School. Previously an assistant coach, Sexton took her spot. The new assistant coach is Parkrose graduate Sara Fenno.Working together as a team is one of the team’s strong suits, and while they don’t have any true rivals to pressure them, they desire to be better for themselves and each other. Overall, it motivates them enough to continue running.
Their perseverance has paid off; at their most recent meet, Oct. 14, five members achieved personal records and three achieved season records.