With an awaited turn in a positive direction, the Frederick High cross country team was able to race past the rest of the county during their 2017 Fall season. As the past couple of years had fallen to be what the coaches would title ¨rebuilding years¨, the team was ready to come out with a bang. New incoming talent within the freshman class and a few surprising new athletes from the upper classes brought the team extremely close to qualifying both the boys and girls teams for states, and to send freshmen Mario Martinez and Alanis Gonzalez-Quiles as individual qualifiers to the state meet at Hereford.
Flashback to summer training, a decent proportion of the team was able to put in 150-200 miles over a span of 2 months, of which hadn’t been done for years. This hard work and dedication continued all throughout the season, with a large variety of teammates dropping multiple minutes from start to end. From the first meet at the Brunswick Invitational, to the team´s out of state trip to Six Flags Safari in New Jersey, the FHS cross country team made a name for themselves all across the board.
New found star runner Junior Channah Comeau finds that she owes a huge amount of her and the team’s successes to motivation from her teammates. ¨I think what made us most successful as a team was motivating each other to run harder at practice and meets. Personally, it made me feel motivated to work hard for myself and for the rest of the team, and I’m sure the others could say the same” she says. Channah Comeau started off the season never having run before, and continued throughout the season as the girls team´s number one runner a majority of the team alongside Alanis Gonzalez-Quiles. Ending the season with an unfortunate injury, Channah hopes to return to the team healthy and ready to qualify for states next season.
To conclude the season, the team gave one last shot at regionals, falling short by finishing 7th in the region, with only the top 6 teams qualifying for states. The boys team finished with runners having personal records of around 18-19 minutes, and the girls teams with personal records averaging 21-23 minutes. All in all, the coaches, runners, and families of the Frederick High Cross country teams were genuinely proud of the outcome of their season, with high hopes of a full team appearance at the state finals next season.