When I think about my cross country team I think about my second family. Thinking back I don’t know why I joined the team but I can safely say that it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I started the summer going into 7th grade and was immediately welcomed by the team on my first day. I remember walking into the room on the first day and being extremely intimidated by the giant seniors and upperclassman. Kyle Peterson shook my hand and Krista Humbert showed me where to sit and made sure I found my way during that first day.
I just finished my 4th cross country season and was elected captain for next year as a junior. It still amazes me how I love it as much as I did the first day. I hear all of my friends complain about going to their sports and activities after school and I feel so lucky that I look forward to going to practice and being with the team every day. The team is my favorite part about the sport. Everybody is so excited to be there and makes doing the hill intervals on 102 degree summer days fun. Coach Humbert says that our team has a "No jerk rule", meaning quite literally, if you're a jerk we don't want you on the team. I not only learn more and improve on my fitness, but I also become a better person. Coach Humbert is always lecturing us on some kind of life skill or another and it's really cool being able to grow as an individual not only athletically but also personally.
One of my favorite parts of the season is our two night training trip in St. Cloud. As a reward for our hard summer training, and a break before the school year starts, our team spends time together exercising, eating, playing volleyball, swimming, cliff jumping at the Quarries and running. This trip brings the team together and is definitely one of the highlights of my year. Being on the cross country team has helped me to expand the people I socialize with, become more active and fit, and has helped me to become more comfortable with who I am. Having such a positive and accepting place to go to is something I feel really lucky to have found.
Claire, Lilly, Kenzie, Meghan, Addie, Veronica and Hannah
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