The Running Rams Makes State

Ana Toronto

Ana Toronto

Ana Toronto, Staff Writer

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“My sport is your sport’s punishment” is the statement on the back of the 2017-18 Cross Country shirts. To make it to state the team had to qualify at regions which was last Friday, October 6th. The course was full of hills and loops which made running it more difficult. The meet was at the Cottonwood Complex and was a success for the team.

The boys varsity team finished in 3rd place and they will move onto state. Senior Andrew Ross kept the lead for the team and was the first to finish with the time of 16:36. Junior Geneva Humbert finished first for the girls varsity team with the time of 20:12. Humbert is the only runner from the girls team to qualify for state. She will represent the school and her team. State will be held at Sugarhouse Park, the team’s home course.

“It feels so amazing to have made state,” Humbert said. “I’m so happy to be able to represent the Highland Girls team. We’ve put so much work to achieve this. But I’m so sad they’re not coming with me.”

The team has been working towards region and state the whole season. Throughout the season the main focus of the team was to stay together and to push each other to do their best. They had run the region’s course twice before they ran it for regions. The first time they had a meet on the course and the second time they had pre-regions where they practiced on the course. And the last time was competing for a place at state. They are excited to go and cheer the boys team and Humbert on in their last meet of the season.  

“I’m really proud of them they all worked really hard and they did their best and our practices have paid off,” Senior Captain Nick Lloyd said.

A runner to look for at state is Jacob Limburg. Limburg is a freshman and just started running this year. He is on varsity and has earned his spot on the team. He works really hard at practices and always has a great attitude. He was the 4th runner to come in for Highland.

State for Cross Country is October 18th at Sugarhouse Park. The team will be lead by their coaches Gary Rowles and Tera Hunter who have worked hard to get the team to state.

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