Coed Varsity Cross Country · Cross country teams have high expectations for KIL meet Saturday

Bearden’s cross country team boasts top three finishes in three out of their first four meets this season, and the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs are preparing for the KIL meet on Saturday.

After a slow start in the first meet of the season, the team has improved tremendously behind Brigham Wilson who finished fourth overall with a time of 18:03 at their latest meet and Triton Eden who finished fifth overall with a time of 18:27. For the Lady Bulldogs, Maggie Arnold, Caroline Arnold, and Elizabeth Cathey were the top three finishers.

“As a whole, we have improved tremendously since our first race in August,” Coach Ashley Schott said. “We are looking to each of our student-athletes to continue improving each week to give our team the best chance to finish strong.”

Just as Covid-19 has affected everyone’s daily lives, it has also affected cross country.

“Practices now include temperature checks and health questionnaires along with social distancing,” Coach Schott said. “COVID has had a significant impact on how we are able to hold cross country meets. Cross country meets are much smaller this season in order to comply with city guidelines in parks, but as a whole we feel grateful for the opportunity to race. We have embraced the situation and have adapted quite well to new protocols and the limitations to meets.

Bearden is not only getting ready for KIL but also for the region championships later this month. The team has high hopes for a strong end to the season.

“It is my hope that our team continues to progress as a whole,” Coach Schott said. “Our goal is to continue training consistently with focus in order to have a great finish individually and as a team at the KIL Championship and the Region Championship.”