To help the team’s new slew of cross country runners realize the need for stamina in their new long-distance running ventures, the team held a time trial in Telluride on Saturday. Members of the brand new cross country team raced on a two-mile course in Town Park. Coach Keith Hampton explains that the purpose of this weekend’s trial was “to help the kids get a better idea of the pace that we are hoping to run in the races this season.” Each athlete was given a target pace to hit at the 1⁄4 mile, 1⁄2 mile, and 1 mile points of the race. “Overall, I was very pleased with the results. The kids not only hit their paces, but also did a good job of working through the second half of the race to maintain their pace from the first half.”
THS’ new cross country runners have now logged nearly a month of training, and according to Coach Hampton, are starting to get into good running shape. “They are building a good foundation of distance work so that they will be ready for the races and tougher workouts to come,” he says. THS’ next race is in Gunnison on this coming Saturday, Sept. 13.
The team participated in its first-ever meet last weekend in Delta, where the team’s runners showed their potential. Freshman Josephine “Jo” Bush finished 11th out of 66 in the girls’ varsity race, which Hampton says was a great showing for her first-ever race.
Ali Tassone finished 56th in the girls varsity. This was her first-ever running race a well, with Hampton contending that this new runner will likely be able to trim down her time once she gets accustomed to the distance.
Tarja Berry is one of two seniors girls on the team. She finished 63rd out of 66 due to some ankle problems; “It was a gutty performance to finish the race despite the pain. Her workouts are going well and I look for her to be one of our team leaders,” Hampton says.
Ty Williams, a freshman, ran in the Varsity Boys race. He is from Norwood HS and has joined the Telluride team. “He was a very successful Middle School runner,” Hampton reports, adding that he anticipates Williams will be a strong contender for the state meet in October.