Run: /verb/ to move at a speed faster than a walk, never having both or all the feet on the ground at the same time. Some people love it and some people hate it, but Park Hill South’s girls cross country team can’t live without it.
This year the South girl’s cross country team is on fire, placing first at Conference, and second at Districts. At Conference, South had four girls place in the top five: Lexi Maddox, sophomore, placed first, Emma Roth, freshman, placed second, Marti Heit, freshman, placed third and Jasmine Crawford, sophomore, placed fifth.
The one thing that makes Cross Country stand out from other sports is the close-knit relationships the girls have with each other.
Astrid Reynoso Zaragoza, senior, said, “Cross country is different from other sports because you have to want to run. And we’re all a big family. Everyone loves everyone!”
Other teammates agree.
“It’s impossible to have a bad attitude while running cross country. Everyone is so nice!” Kate Eischens, freshmen, said.
The girls spend endless hours running together, having had practices every day either after or before school and having meets on weekends.
“While you’re running there’s nothing else you can do but talk. It’s amazing what people tell you while they’re running! It really helps our team bond,” said Sophia Dominquez-Heitoff, freshman.
Even though the cross country season is coming to a close, the team’s friendships are not.
Marti Heit, freshman, “The people are so genuine and just honest to God sweet. I know they’ll always be there for me even after the season ends.”