By Ariana Manos
Volume 67, No. 2
Athletes have been diligently practicing and proving their efforts through early season competitions ever since the semester began. October marks the midpoint for fall sports and the start of conference competitions.
Cross country opened their season close to home at the 53rd Annual Tommy Evans Invitational. The men’s team, racing four miles, scored 2nd and the women, racing a 5k, took a 4th place finish. In Cedarville, the men, racing an 8k, placed 10th and the women, racing a 6k, placed seventh.
At Findley, the men finished as the runner-up with the women securing first place. In Tiffin, the men finished 5th and the women brought home a third-place finish.
In addition to many team successes, individuals have stood out on both sides. Seniors Leah Metzger and Lucas Clark, were named National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Cross Country Student-Athletes the week of September 27 thanks to their standout performances at the Findley invitational.
“In terms of short-term goals, I would love to see the athletes run with confidence,” Tina Oprean, head cross country coach, said. “We have executed some awesome workouts the last few weeks and I believe this will help create that confidence. In the first few races our minds weren’t quite there yet, so it would be very fulfilling watching these athletes put it together mentally.”
In terms of the teams’ strengths, Oprean said that the athletes are reliable teammates and want to race well. The team is still figuring out their race strategy and has been focusing on making moves when it counts.