On the heels of experience | CraigDailyPress.com

On the heels of experience

Experience and veterans are in abundance this year as the cross country team starts off a new season. “We have more seniors on the boys side, and more overall experience on the girls side,” said head coach Todd Trapp. “We are stronger and work more as a team this year,” says junior Eryn Leonard. Trapp is expecting leadership from seniors Alfredo Lebron, Rene Molina, Miguel Molina, Dale Nakai, Wyatt Villa, and junior Matthew Hulstine. “Some people are good leaders by example and some people are good vocal leaders,” said Trapp. Coach Trapp noted that it takes a special person to be a good leader. Experience gives the veterans more leadership skills and allows them to be better leaders for the team. The younger runners are helped out by the older runners by having the elders push them to do better and go faster. “Not every one fits the role of being a good leader,” he said. Coach Trapp hopes to see his runners progress throughout the year and develop as runners. Hopes of having a positive overall experience in this cross country season are in coach Trapp’s mind. “I want my runners to make good choices as a runner and also as individuals,” said Coach Todd Trapp. Coach Trapp wants his runners to keep their grades up and treat each other with respect. Being positive influences on each other and making better choices in the training aspect are some of coach Trapp’s expectations for his team. “Some people are doing a good job of getting better, faster, and more competitive,” said coach Trapp. While some individuals are getting better and faster some are not doing a good job, are not getting faster, are not working hard. “Some students succeed and some students do not succeed it just depends on the individual,” said Trapp. She hopes to get in the top ten for state and to be number one at regionals as a team and an individual. “I think the Liberty Bell meet was the best for us team wise and for me as an individual,” said Leonard.

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