1. Can you elaborate on your senior group of runners?
“On the girls side we have Bren Merkely, who is about top 20 in the state, and she finally broke 19 today. And then the boys side we have Abdul, who is probably top 40 in state, and he is doing great along with being an awesome mentor for the younger kids.”
2. How do you keep your top athletes motivated to compete day in and day out?
“Mostly with cross country kids you have athletes who are self-motivated. They are a different breed in that way. We have the aspect of who is our opponent on race day, but really it is how much better were you today than yesterday. It is hard to put together a perfect 5k race and so there is always something to work on. There are days you achieve those PR’s and those that you fall short of them. Ultimately, you just need to learn from it and move on.”
3. Do you feel that the rainy weather today had an impact on your team?
“The weather today was great and it was a perfect cross country race day. There really was not any wind and it only sprinkled a couple of times. This is our first home meet since 2005. People will look across the board and see that all the times today were faster for every team. A good chunk of our course is on the track which makes the those times faster.”
4. What are you looking forward to most at the district meet next week?
“We have already done everything that we can to prepare. The hay is in the barn. Maybe some quick work and easy runs, quick sprints, just to keep the body tuned. And then just line up and let them rip, because everyone is going to be just as excited and amped. You have to be ready to run with a smart edge and run with heart.”