Northside cross country coach and runners comment on state meet performance

Published 2:42 pm Tuesday, November 8, 2022

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Coach Ole Robinette: The NHS girls team has a great emotional bond with one another that added to their success.  This has been an outstanding team to coach because their drive to excel made the team even stronger. They ran the dunes at the Outer Banks and along the beach at Nags Head to prepare for state.   We only had one senior on this girls team so watch out Lejeune, the Panthers are on your trail.

Andrew Harding’s view point on his success: I went into the race with a plan of staying with the front pack of guys. I was right with them through the 2 mile mark. I had planned to make a move at this point but when I was running, I realized that if I made a move that early, I wouldn’t be able to finish strong so I just stayed in the group of runners. The front two guys pulled away with about 1000 meters left and I didn’t have enough left in the tank to go with them. I was in 5th place coming into the last straight and I outkicked 2 runners for 3rd place. I ran 17:20 which wasn’t very close to my PR of 16:46 from a couple weeks earlier. However, I improved tremendously on my placement at states from last year, going from 31st to 3rd. I knew I was a big underdog coming into the race but I also knew that I was more than capable of running with the best of the best in 1A, and I think I proved that.

Senior Zane Brooks: I feel our team’s performance was exceptional, everyone did their best and brought a lot to the team at the end of the day. We learned not only how to run as a team but we learned how to run as a family. This year I have learned a lot and put forth a lot of effort towards my running. I didn’t get my time down as much as I wanted to but I feel I did my best.  I started out freshman year with a PR of around 25. I didn’t take it to heart like I do now. This year I have gotten my PR down to 19:46 through a lot of hard work and dedication. These past 3 years have shown me how much I am capable of and how much room I have to grow.

Junior Tucker Proctor: I learned the importance of working as a team and how having other people around you can help you reach the goals and expectations you’ve set for yourself.