Boys team dominates cross country, while girls have two in top ten

Exlee Dawson and Tyler Lewis

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Cross country will run against the Wheaton Knights and Kennedy Cavaliers today at home at 3:30pm, weather-permitting.

Boys and girls cross country came out on September 15 and fought hard against the Rockville Rams and Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles.

The boys cross country placed above the Rams and the Screamin’ Eagles, beating both teams and winning the whole meet with sophomore Zachary Pepperl and juniors Selom Kalin and Saul Flores leading Watkins Mill coming in fourth, fifth and sixth place.

The girl sadly fell short to both teams but had junior Naina Tsarni and senior Sara Durr placing in the top ten. “It was a really tough one because it was in 90 degree weather and it was very sunny, so that made the course very hard for us,” Tsarni said. “A lot of us weren’t hydrated enough, but we pulled through and did very well.”

The boys and girls cross country teams went out on September 7 and climbed hills against the Magruder Colonels. Though they fought hard, both the teams fell to the Colonels.

Sophomore Khava Tsarni reflected on the run. “It went really well,” Khava Tsarni said. “People tried their hardest, even though the weather was horrible. They didn’t do their best, but the effort was there.”

“It’s more about mentality,” Khava Tsarni added. “It’s hard definitely, but it helps you mentally and physically.”

“Our goals for the season is to be better than last year,” coach Bryant Adams said. “Our goal going into every year is to make states. We think we think we have a good shot of making it this year.” Adams added that the Wolverines have an advantage this year as well. “The championship is here at Watkins Mill,” Adams added, “which will give us a good opportunity to run the course and practice so we can be prepared for regionals.”

The team has high hopes for the future. “I think we will do pretty well,” junior Joseph Clark said. “We have a much bigger team than previous years, we have a lot of good runners.” The impact of the bigger team has also allowed them to shoot for higher goals.

“Our goals are to win the division,” Clark added. “We want to do well at regionals and hopefully reach states.”

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