The New Haven Cross Country team is preparing for state on November 4th. The team has won many awards over the season at many meets and has done well in their races, according to their managers and coach.
John Tucker, head coach of the cross country team, and the managers were questioned about the team’s readiness to compete at state.
Mr. Tucker said, “Oh, yeah, I have no doubt that we are prepared. After the meets we’ve been through and how challenging some of them have been, we are ready.”
“The team has been running well all season and I think they can make it to state,” answered Samuel Penning, one of the managers of the team.
Another manager, Kallista Stubblefield, replied with, “Yes; I've seen the team run at several meets this season, and I think every runner has exceeded their own, as well as the coach's, expectations.”
The coach and athletes were asked if there was anything they could do to prepare the team for state. Mr. Tucker said, “From a physical standpoint we are following a tough training schedule that focuses on the challenges of the state course. From a mental standpoint we’ve been focusing on getting to our goal and not focusing on what others think of us.”
Junior Colton Ruediger responded with, “I think we are well prepared. There is not much we could do to improve on our ability to run at state.”
“I think I could do very little to prepare physically, but I think I could definitely work more mentally,” answered Timothy Madden, junior.
Sophomore Grace Allgaier replied with, “I think Mr. Tucker has done an amazing job preparing us for state this year.”
The cross country team was also questioned if there was anything they could do to encourage their teammates.
Sophomore Dominic Lewis responded, “Do not stress out too much. Just go out and run your race; we’ll win.”
“To encourage my teammates, I will make sure they know that they can do anything if they put their mind to it,” said Joseph Rethemeyer, junior.
Sophomore Austin Tegeler replied with, “Just go out and run your race. Don’t worry about the competition, just focus on your performance during the race.”
The managers of the cross country team were asked if they were happy being a part of this year’s cross country team. Samuel Penning answered with, “Yes, the aspect of being a part of the team has been very uplifting.”
“Yes; I am very happy to be a part of this year's team. This year's team regularly shows determination and sets an example of good sportsmanship. Most everyone on the team displays a positive attitude as well and represents New Haven High School in a wonderful way,” Kallista Stubblefield responded.
Good luck at state to the cross country team. Run your hearts out!