Anna Stock – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Most Mustangs would probably think that running five to eight miles after a long school day would be about as much fun as getting a root canal, but for LRHS cross-country runners, practice is a time to relax from the stressful school day and hang out with friends.
Sophomore Sydney Granack said, “Cross-country practice is so relieving, after a long day of school I get to see all my friends and we all get to do what we love. This year we had a lot of incoming freshman and already two weeks into the season were all close, and that’s what I love about it, the cross-country team is like a mini family that keeps growing.”
Cross-country practices from 3-5 p.m. after school every day. Typically, the team runs on the soccer fields and on Lakewood Ranch Blvd.
Freshman Madelyn Portwood described cross-country as a straightforward sport, there isn’t anything super technical about it, unlike if you were playing a sport like soccer.
Portwood said, “That’s why I enjoy it so much, because I know when I go to practice I’ll always get stronger. Also, in other sports if you’re not the best player you may not get to play, but in cross-country everyone gets to compete.”
Junior Kevin Irwin believes cross-country isn’t as grueling as it may sound. He also believes that the team practices make the sport much more enjoyable.
“After having to run alone all summer, practices are much more enjoyable,” he said. “When you run with a group of friends you don’t realize how fast the miles go by, your teammates are there to help push you and make you stronger and that’s why I do Cross Country, because without the team I wouldn’t be as strong of a runner as I am now”.