With the 2013 season underway, the cross country team added new members to their family to add to their success.
For the first time, middle schoolers have been able to be a part of the team. With the three middle school runners and 18 high schoolers, the team has doubled in size in the last two years.
“I think that we all do a great job supporting each other at races and pushing each other to do our best during our tough workouts,” three-year State qualifying senior, Brooke Fisher said. “I’m going to miss all the silly antics and the love my cross country family has for each other.”
With four returning seniors, expectations for the season are high. Head coach Lynette Freeman said she expects the same things as last year. She has high hopes of taking both a boys’ and girls’ team to State.
“My individual goal is to be 2A State Champion, and my goal for the team is to have both the boys’ and girls’ teams win League,” Fisher said.
The team is a close-bonded family with blood ties adding to that. Eight members are siblings. The Giles, Corbets, Ghumms and Ibarras get the opportunity to support each other as teammates, as well as siblings.
“It feels normal being on the same team as my brother,” sophomore Roman Ibarra said. “We push each other to be better, if he can keep up with me.”
As in all families, there is also tension, but that hasn’t caused issues between runners.
“It’s not as fun being on a team with my brother because he’s pretty fast and there’s a lot of competition,” sophomore Miranda Ghumm said.
The results so far please Freeman, as well as the way the team is working together.
At the first meet, the boys’ team took second place and the girls took fourth. At the home meet on Sept. 12, the boys took first and the girls took fourth once again. The next meet is on Oct. 3 at Pratt.