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Hard Work Drives Cross Country Team


Hard Work Drives Cross Country Team

John Strohl

Harrison boys and girls cross country are looking to finish the season with a bang.

Compared to last year’s teams, both boys and girls have improved.

“Our teams this year have much better times than we did last year overall,” said boys senior Jacob Whitehead.”We have an extremely good shot to beat the overall team time record for Harrison this year. “

The team is very young this year with more freshman and sophomores than ever.

The young guys have talent with sophomore Will White moving up to fourth on the all-time list.

There are 40 kids on the team making it quite a large team.

“We are seeing PRs (personal records) improve with each race,” said boys and girls head coach Christopher Cahee. “Even the top guys are moving up each week.”

All of this improvement does not happen overnight.

Each meet, runners will run 3.1-3.2 miles.

The practices are much harder.

Whitehead and sophomore Caleb Beimfohr have been pushing the team to work hard and keep pushing themselves.

“These kids have a great attitude,” Cahee said. “They are working super hard on our hard days and having fun on our easy days. We have kids asking to do extra workouts. It’s a very close-knit group this year.”

The boys team beat rival Lafayette Jeff this year for the first time in 10 years.

The girls finished in fourth place out 18 teams in the Wildcat Invitational, while the boys finished eighth out of 24 teams.

The girls also finished in fourth place in the eight-way meet and the Mav Stampede.

In the big Harrison Invitational, the boys finished 10th out of 25 teams, while the girls finished 14th.

Both boys and girls teams are optimistic heading into the postseason and are very confident both sides will make it to semi-state.