The entire girls team is very close with one another, actually, and I think that has helped with our success these last couple of seasons. Especially this one. Our team is more than just people who come to practice at 4:00 everyday and run together. We laugh together. We cry together. We rejoice, we help, and we strive together. I believe that the girls XC team here at Central is special in this way. We are a family and when a team runs as a family, they can be capable of amazing things.
So far this year, we have won the two meets we have competed in, beating the 3rd ranked team in the state: Fargo Davies. I like to think it's because of our close knit team. Being so family-like makes us try even harder at practice to impress not only ourselves and our coaches, but we also want to impress our teammates and are more likely to finish a difficult workout even though we are struggling. And finishing all these extra repeats and doing our full mileage along with all the little things, really adds up. And I believe it really showed this past week at the home meet on Thursday.
Several girls PR'd and did amazing things. Everyone from the middle schoolers to the top Varsity girls. The most impressive thing that happened at the meet had to have been the scoring of the Varsity race. Never have I ever seen five girls from the same team in the top 10 at a meet with such high competition. Also, our sixth runner was in the top 20 as well! As a team, we scored 19 points, four points away from a perfect score! That was the all time low I've ever seen in my career as a Central runner. I think that our team has high potential this year and we are definitely dreaming big and hoping for a possible first place finish at many races to come this year!
Rachel Cox, Sr, Captain
Every year central’s runners rise to the occasion and claim victory of the fork. This year was no exception. I really enjoy being part of the “Fork” tradition, I like to think of all the other past central runners racing in the same race with the same goal, and now its our year to do the same. The girls team ran phenomenally scoring only 19 points in a race with 73 girls. The boys team is still suffering from the loss of a few of our top runners but I believe that if we keep working hard we will get a lot better and really surprise people.
I was particularly impressed with Cole Oen. Cole is an 8th grader who ran a 2 minute PR in his first varsity race. In all my time running for central cross country I can’t remember having a 8th grader running in our top 7 in a varsity race. When I was in middle school running for the team, in my 8th grade year I was the only middle school boy on the team. It’s really cool too be able to have an entire team of 5 or more people in a middle school race. It’s also exciting that we have middle school runners preforming at all levels of running. A few years ago the girls team looked similar to our boys team with the number of younger runners, together, over the years they became a really good team. I can see the same happening for the boys. With our team being so young I’m really excited too see how it develops in the coming years.
Leif Larsen, Jr, Captain