Cross country is off to speedy start


Rylee Martin, Feature Editor

Eaton Cross Country kicked off the school year with their third meet last Friday. The meet was held at Frontier Academy. Frontier is notoriously known for their running successes. After the craziness of last year, all the fall athletes are very eager to finally be back to normal and compete with their teams.  The 5k race was a breeze for Logan Gullett (23) and Andi Rasmussen (24) who both took first for the Reds. Gullett said, “I am most excited for State this year because I feel like I have a really good chance of winning this year.” Gullett ran a 16:19 and beat his competition with flying colors as there was about a minute difference between the closest competitor. As the team starts to progress, more and more goals will be set and hopefully achieved for both the boys and girls, as their final goal is to be standing on the top of the podium at the end of the season. Gullett said, “We could’ve done better as a team but, individually, a few of us did well.” Sophomore Andi Rasmussen has had much success in cross country and track, it looks like she runs with ease which sets her apart from her competition. Rasmussen said, “Throughout the race, I ran a good pace but just staying at a consistent pace will help me out when I near the end of the race.” Rasmussen ran a 20:28. Training in the off-season is crucial for runners because trying to strive for better times each race is always the goal and maintaining a consistent mile split is detrimental. Rasmussen said, “Short-term goals for me would be to run a 19:00 and let my teammates lift me up and help my teammates when they are struggling.” Overall, the boys finished 8th overall out of 13 teams and the Lady Reds placed 4th out of 7 Teams. Obviously, the Reds are shooting to stand at the top of the upcoming meets but there is always time to improve before the big race at the end of the season. Years previous Coach Guerra has been the head coach for the Reds as she has a high IQ in running form and techniques. Guerra recently just had a baby so she is on maternity leave for now. In her place, assistant coach Ruff hopes to lead this team to as much success as possible. The next meet for the Reds is this Saturday at Lyons.