Running Through the Summer


Amanda Hernandez

The 2019-2020 Carrollton Cross Country Varsity Team is looking towards the state finals this year for the first time since 2014. Training began in early June, with the top runners averaging around 28 miles per week. Over the course of the summer, the girls attended practice Mondays through Saturdays at 7 a.m., participating in long distance runs, weight training, and sprint repeats, breaking a sweat everyday.

The team also had the opportunity to travel to Brevard, North Carolina, where they engaged in a week-long training program running in the Pisgah National Forest and surrounding areas. The training program also included nutrition classes, team bonding activities, and many trips to the local ice cream shop, Dolly’s. 

The teams pre-season meet, a 1.5 mile relay on the regional course in Coconut Creek, Florida, was a success. The Varsity team placed 3rd overall, beating regional rival Cardinal Gibbons. Completing a race is an accomplishment to begin with, however when adding temperatures well above 90 degrees, a rain delay, and a subpar course, the team demonstrates true skill and the bright future in store for this season.

Looking forward, the team is projected to place first in both the individual and team scoring. Virtual meet projections have Carrollton runners placing first, second, third, and fourth. Projections also rank Carrollton number five, for the top returning team this season in our region with Victoria Trapp ‘22, ranked the 20th best individual for girls District 2A Region 4. More is to come for the 2019-2020 Cross Country Team, stayed tuned on this journey to states, as the team continues to overtake district and regional rivals.