Cross country cruises through Fall Festival


Taylor Clapp

The Redhawk cross country team headed into the Lovejoy XC Fall Festival on Saturday with top finishes. Being one of the toughest courses of the season, it challenged many runners.

Vaughn Perez, Sports Reporter

The toughest course so far this season was anything but a challenge for cross country as they competed in the Lovejoy XC Fall Festival on Saturday.

“The team did well competing and running at a course like Myers, saw some great results but I make sure the kids know that the focus is not on times and placements because how they run that day does not define them as an athlete,” coach Khera Vay said. “We’re already moving on and practicing for the next course, making sure the kids are staying healthy and ready to compete.”

Placing top 100 in the elite boys’ division, junior Jack Voehringer had a plan to make sure he finished his race.

“I decided not to go out too hard at the beginning because I didn’t want to burn out before the finish since the change in elevation is constant and exhausting,” Voehringer said. “Our coaches did a really good job at practice, focusing on hill running and conditioning which helped me prepare for the race and figure out the best way to run on Saturday.”

Junior Kayla Winter ran for girls’ varsity in her first ever meet of the season, setting her foundation to grow from moving forwards.

“I powered through the race because I knew I would regret it later if I backed out just because it was a difficult course,” Winter said. “I know I have room to improve since it was my first race ever, so I’ll be pushing myself in practice and hopefully getting a better time next meet.”