This afternoon the LHS Cross Country team competed at the Arapahoe Warrior Invitational in Dekoevend Park. The competition at this meet was stacked, with twenty-eight teams in attendance. The teams traveled from as far as Golden, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Lakewood to participate in our sister school, Arapahoe’s, home meet. Runners faced several obstacles, including the intense heat and a tough water crossing on the course.
“The water crossing was pretty hard, and going up the hill after the water crossing. I think I can get better at pacing myself more.” said freshman runner Mackenzie Schwartz.
The heat was intense and put many of our runners off their A-game.
“I had more time than I would’ve liked, but it was still a fun course and it was really nice crossing the water,” said freshman runner Hayley Hamilton.
Junior Addi Iken finished 8th overall in the girls’ Varsity race. Iken met some tough competition today, and fought hard to be in the top ten.
Last year the team lost a handful of valuable senior runners, leading to a very young team this season. These runners come with varying levels of running experience and potential. Schwartz and Hamilton are some of the many new runners on the team this year.
“I see the season going really well because I was never really good at running until I started cross country, and now I am good at running,” said freshman runner Olivia Landers.
The disparity between runners has limited the number of Varsity runners available for the girls’ team, so the girls’ do not have enough runners to score properly as a team in races. The boys’ Varsity team does have enough runners to be scored, and they placed 20th in Arapahoe’s race today.
However, despite the minor hindrance that the Varsity girls face, the camaraderie is strong and runners seem optimistic and eager.
“I think by running these past few weeks I have been getting better, just by practicing everyday,” said Hamilton.