Cross Country is Running Away with It

Photo Credit/ Heather Van Vleet

Photo Credit/ Heather Van Vleet

The cross country team has had a great season, but it’s not over yet! Seven varsity runners will compete in sectionals on Saturday, Oct. 29 with the goal of qualifying for the state competition in November.

The junior varsity and varsity team competed in the GCAC meet on October 15 and did very well as a team with a few of individual standouts. On Saturday, Oct. 22, seven varsity runners competed in the Regional Class 2A Meet in which Regina Dominican finished in fourth place.

PC: H. Walo

Photo Credit/Helena Walo

The Regina runners agree that they have had a really fun year in many different ways throughout the season. Whether it was at meets, during practices, or even on bus rides, memories were made.

When reflecting on the year, senior captain Gracie Simon said, “We are all so excited to move on to sectionals, and we worked really hard to get where we are. From hard practice to relax days, my team and I put in 100% effort. As a leader and captain of the team, I have seen so much improvement of my team. Putting in those hard miles makes us the runners we are today. They make me proud to call myself a Panther.”

The team does many things to make practices fun. They ran three mile runs finishing at Dairy Queen where their coach treated all of them to ice cream. On National Slurpee Day, they ran to 7/11 for free slurpies.

The team also went to Willow Hill Golf Course and ran up all the hills for a fun practice focused on conditioning. Although they were all difficult runs, the team agreed that they were great bonding experiences.

Simon also mentioned that it is very easy to bond with upperclassmen since the cross country team is so small. They all bond together at meets and practices. She mentioned that cross country is great for making friends because there is time on easy runs to talk and bond.

They have had a successful season and are excited to beat their times and move on to state finals.