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Only The Brave Can Do It

Cross country is different, the less points you have as a team, the better placement you get.

Cross country. The one sport that doesn’t have many players in it, and isn’t really talked about. Many say they don’t reach for it because they don’t like to run, or simply because they “can’t run.” What they don’t know, is that the athletes are conditioned for it. The races are around 3 miles each and you must go at a fast pace, but it’s something you practice for. 

In a race, (which is also called a meet), the runners are either Varsity or Junior Varsity. To win in this sport, a team can have 7 runners but must have 5 to compete at a race. Those five runners are able to gain points for themselves and then add them together. Cross country is different, the less points you have as a team, the better placement you get. As an individual, the placement you are in while running (5th, 25th, 70th. etc.) are the points you end with for the end for yourself. 

Senior, Jonathan Gonzalez states that, “Over the past four years that I have done cross country, I’ve noticed that the great positive attitude of the team pushes everyone to keep going and brings great accomplishments during the race. Nobody is left behind and that’s what allows our boys and girls to hold a strong team bond.”  Their head coach, Casey Brooks prepares the team again this year. Hard work and dedication is something that our brave runners have. Showing up to practice and running more than 4 miles each day.

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Eriana Carbajal
Eriana Carbajal, Copy Editor
Eriana Carbajal is a sophomore at Lompoc High School. This is her first year in Journalism. At LHS she is a part of the soccer and track team. Outside of school she is interested in learning how to cook, and dancing to her favorite type of music. A fun fact about Eriana is that she adores dogs.

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