By: senior Andrew Evans, Journalism staff
Adrenaline levels were high, and places were claimed. Both the boys and girls Cross Country teams had their first meet of the year at home last Thursday, Sept. 3. Although many of the runners seemed unsure in warm-ups of how they would perform, some more experienced runners were not phased. “Yeah, we are definitely going to win this race,” said senior Travis Dietrich as he glanced at the Washington boys, the only other team in the race.
At 4:10 p.m., the girls were on the starting line with determination on their faces. The gun fired, and a mass of orange and green moved quickly along the tree line. Immediately after they were gone, the boys began stretching to prepare for the three mile endeavor only ten minutes away. Tension went up as well when Coach Charlton asked for several students to stay at the finish chute to aid runners who might collapse.
The sun was taking a toll on all the participants, and senior Malik Peterson's thoughts during the race were, "It is really hot, and I just want to take my clothes off." Collapsing at the finish line on all fours, Malik finished first for Eureka guys and second overall with a time of 17:18. The girls did not defeat the Panthers, but the boys were able to bring home a "W."
Despite the heat, runners persevered, and freshman Emma Argo finished first for Eureka girls and fifth overall with a time of 20:44.
The girls may not have won but had plenty of spirit. "It was extremely hot outside which was a drastic change from last week. I was proud of how my team opened their season against a great team like Washington," said senior Mercer Mack. Although both teams couldn't be victorious, every runner ran under thirty minutes which is not only impressive but a great start to a season.