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Cross Country Team succeeds at Leagues

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The Bloomfield Hills High School Cross Country team participated in the OAA White Division Jamboree #3 League Championships, at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, on October 19, 2017.

They competed against other local teams, including West Bloomfield High School and North Farmington High School.

The varsity girls team placed second out of seven teams, the junior varsity girls placed second out of 5 teams, the varsity boys placed fifth out of seven teams, and the junior varsity boys placed first out of 7 teams. This meet determined the school’s placement in the league for the varsity teams. The girls team finished second in the league and boys finished fourth.

“I feel we placed pretty well,” said varsity sophomore Erin DiMarzo. “Our team moved up since last time, and even though we got second place in this league meet, we saw major improvements in our runners since the beginning of the season.”

The team managed to succeed despite some training setbacks.

“We were going to do this workout where we do one mile, and our coach gives us a goal time that we’re supposed to hit, and then you have about three minutes to rest, and then you do another mile, and then at the end you do 400 meters and you also have to hit your time,” said DiMarzo. “We were originally going to do that at Oakland University, but the weekend before it had rained, so they informed us that we had to practice on our own property so we wouldn’t ruin the course.”

Sophomore Susan Baenan further explained the training regimen. “For this meet, we prepared by going on timed distance runs so we could run 20 minutes out and 20 minutes back. This was about speed, control, and stamina, which can help in a race because even though you can feel like you want to go fast, you have to control yourself and pace yourself throughout the whole entire race.”

The cross country team will compete again on November 4, 2017 at the Michigan International Speedway. For more information, contact director of Cross Country Nick Stration at [email protected]

5 Comments

5 Responses to “Cross Country Team succeeds at Leagues”

  1. Alex Igwe on November 2nd, 2017 2:18 pm

    Cross Country runners are insane athletes! The amount of work that the runners at our school put in is crazy. I’m not surprised to hear that they are succeeding. You did a good job going into depth with the article. I also like how you used quotes from athletes themselves.

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  2. Kristofer Kissonergis on November 2nd, 2017 6:21 pm

    My name is Kris Kissonergis, I’m in Ms. Hammits Writing Through Literary Genres class. I’d first like to start off saying congratulations to the boys and girls cross country team for doing a good job at leagues. You did a good job as a news informer, giving us the highlights of the this years season. And It’s good to hear from runners on the team that your training methods are good. Once again I’d like to congratulate the team on doing a good job at leagues.

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  3. Zane Chahine on November 3rd, 2017 11:05 am

    Hi, my is Zane, and this article is amazing. Cross country runners are really amazing athletes! Most people from this school wouldn’t be able to do the runs that they do, let alone go to States. I have friends that run for Cross Country and I know how happy they were to go to states. This article is put together very well and displays the hard work needed for this intense sport.

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    Zane Chahine Reply:

    Hi, my is Zane, from Miss. Hammitt’s class, and this article is amazing. Cross country runners are really amazing athletes! Most people from this school wouldn’t be able to do the runs that they do, let alone go to States. I have friends that run for Cross Country and I know how happy they were to go to states. This article is put together very well and displays the hard work needed for this intense sport.

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  4. Hamza Malik on November 3rd, 2017 1:25 pm

    Hey I’m Hamza Malik, I’m on the cross country team and I’m happy that our sport is being acknowledged. This is a great article because I like how you used quotes from some of the runners on the team and you asked good questions to them. Overall I think you did a good job telling the people about cross country and how hard we work!

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