Cross Country Team Overcomes Many Obstacles

Victoria Quintana, Feature Editor

The Selma High’s cross country teams are one of the only sports who has had an official meet this school year. Their first meet was at Golden West on Friday, February 19th, and both boys’ and girls’ teams performed well. The boys won their race, and the girls placed fifth.

This year has been quite disappointing for many student athletes due to the pandemic. The cross country team has been thrown many obstacles. Including meets and practice cancelations, short seasons, and a sense of disconnect from not seeing teammates. Coaches, like Coach Henson, have also faced many setbacks this year.

The challenge has been keeping the students on track,” states Coach Henson. 

In addition to the cross country season being cut short, athletes haven’t had much time to prepare as a team. Nevertheless, students like Octavio Gonzales have been routinely preparing for their meets. 

“Everyday [I run] at least 3-4 miles, and mentally I practice focusing on my breathing, clearing my mind helps me run faster,” explained Gonzales when asked what his practices look like.

Gonzales’ rigorous training has paid off in his most recent meet at Dinuba. He came in second on a two mile run with a time of 11:33. Although the pandemic has given the team a valid reason to be discouraged, they set their focus on finishing out the season strong.

“I am looking forward to advancing as a team and breaking our PRs (personal records) through the season,” asserts Gonzales.

For many athletes, their sport is more than just a place where they can attain achievement. It teaches them valuable lessons and gives them skills they can carry with them throughout their lifetime.

“Being a part of cross country has taught me about being a leader and determination,” Gonzales expresses.

Cross country will continue their season with the next meet being at Woodland High School on Friday, March 12.