Cross Country Runners Go The Distance

By Melissa Ann Bornschein

 Head Cross Country Track Coach Bob Mott is more like  an educational and inspirational adviser than a  typical coach.  Speaking of his team, Mott mentioned that only three runners are returning. He explained that the runners have team practice every Monday through Thursday and run an average of 3-10 miles during practice. They train weekly in the school’s weight room focusing on upper body, endurance, strength and speed.

Since the team this season is a young one with many new faces it’s important to gain input from returning team members.  

“Running keeps me occupied, and I enjoy the challenge running long distance provides,” Claudio Barros a sophmore said. Kristen Mortak a sophomore who has run since she was in seventh grade agrees with Barrios about running and its benefits.

 “It releases stress, helps to stay fit and gets you evolved with your school and community whether it be through fundraisers or running meets, ”Mortak said.  

“Running is an undesirable thrill” said sophomore Bryan Coyle. and when asked what advice would he would give to a younger student who just started his running career Coyle stated “Patience! You have to have the drive within yourself to carry out your tasks and faith in yourself that you will see it through.”

With three meets completed, mens and womens cross country team members are preparing for an Oct. 3 race at Van Cortlandt Park, hosted by the College of Staten Island.  They will compete in the Highlander Invitational  on Oct. 10 in New Jersey.

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