Cross country team successful at first meet

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Brooks Beck

Sophomore Emma Henard runs a race during the Avery cross country meet.

Cross country will look a little different this fall because of the pandemic.

Runners are required to wear masks and social distance every morning before they start to run. Once the workout begins, they are allowed to take off masks until the workout is over. 

While the situation is not ideal, the runners are trying to make the most of it.

“It’s like having a painful running day,” freshman Mark Bultemeier said. “It makes the experience less enjoyable, but you have to deal with it to improve and then do it again the next day. You live and you learn.”

The meets have also changed; they will now be spread out across multiple days to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Varsity will be running primarily on Thursdays, JV on Fridays, and middle school on Saturdays. Parents and fans will be limited at the races.

The team had a successful meet at Avery on Sunday. The boys team finished second as a team with four runners in the top ten. Freshman Mark Bultemeier placed fourth, and juniors Brooks Beck, Dai’Mond Harvey and Emiliano “Elmo” Mejia came in at fifth, seventh and ninth. 

Although the girls did not have enough runners to place as a team, they had three runners in the top ten. Sophomore Emma Henard won the girls race, and juniors Jazmin Hever and Lydia Colvin were close behind at third and seventh.