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Cross country runners are not ones to give up on a task easily, seeing as they run for fun, and this quality has without a doubt been expressed throughout the season.
To any Wesleyan cross country runner, the phrase “form drills” will cause their mind to fill with escape routes and excuses to find refuge in the locker room. The dreaded exercises are not exactly enjoyable to say the least, but runners are not one to give up on a task, so they jump right into those high knees and B-skips.
The Wolves started out strong in August with a third place finish coming from the girls’ team and a sixth place finish coming from the boys’ team at the Wesleyan Invitational. It is common knowledge that the Wolves’ course is one of the most difficult to race, given the Sahara Desert above the upper field and the ever-so-common unexpected hills.
Throughout September, both the boys’ and girls’ teams’ times dropped substantially. Personal records were being achieved by the meet, despite the difficulty or terrain of the course – a feat that not many can claim to have conquered. The races held at Covered Bridge and Georgia International Horse Park resulted in outstanding times, as both courses were relatively flat and offered ideal footing (with the exception of the mountain towards the end of the Horse Park course).
In early October, the top 12 runners (13 for girls) from each team were given the opportunity to race in a highly competitive meet in Cary, North Carolina at the Great American Cross Country Festival. This trip proved to be much more successful this year than it did the previous year, as Hurricane Matthew decided to learn from its predecessor, Hurricane Joaquin, and refrained from perusing the east coast the same weekend as a much-awaited cross country race.
While in North Carolina, the 25 runners were provided with a personal tour of the University of North Carolina, courtesy of girls’ assistant coach, Ann Barnett. The race itself produced immaculate results, with nearly all of the Wesleyan runners attaining lifetime personal records.
The Wolves were able to run in a much more low-pressure meet at the Wesleyan’s second invitational, which resulted in a number of course personal records. Most recently, Wesleyan competed at the Nike/Fleet Feed Coach Wood Invitational, a meet that has been attended by the Wolves for many years, due to the excellent competition it offers. Many runners were able to get in a solid season record and help lead the team to a solid standing, with the girls finishing sixth out of 20 teams.
Though they work behind the scenes, such accomplishments could not have been achieved without the brilliant expertise and constant support of the Wesleyan cross country coaches, Chad McDaniel, Chris Yoder, Josh Smith, Jason Scheer, Megan Trotter, Laura Carver, Macey Sims, Abby Johnson and Ann Barnett. These faculty members willingly give up their afternoons and Saturday mornings to lead high school students in cross country practices and meets, a deed that should not go unnoticed.
Between Yoder’s strategically planned practices and McDaniel’s course patrol, the Wolves have inevitably improved throughout the season.
With two more races before the state cross country meet on Nov. 4, the Wolves are looking strong. Last Chance at Carrollton and the Region Cross Country Meet in Athens will give runners who are fighting to run in the state meet an opportunity to leave it all on the course and try to earn a spot as a top seven runner.
Coach Smith said, “Single A has a lot of really great teams- teams that look a lot like us [with] one or two really good runners [and] a pack of runners that are really good behind those two runners.”
The boys have a decent chance of becoming state champions, but Smith said, “It comes down to three teams: Wesleyan, Landmark, and Hebron.”
The boys will have to kick into the next level in order to perform to their full potential and possibly swipe the state title. Whatever the outcome may be, Smith said that the boys are “[working] harder than I think I ever have seen them work in the four seasons that I’ve been a coach.”
As for the girls’ team, the state title is looking like a slightly less-attainable goal because of Landmark’s strong girls’ team, with a number of girls running a 5k in the 18 minute range.
However, the Wesleyan girls will be pushing for a second place finish, competing with Hebron and Darlington. The Wolves have been successful in creating a strong pack that runs excellent times, so hopefully this tactic will lead them to a runner-up victory.
This cross country season has been one like no other. The senior captains have done an excellent job in terms of encouragement and leadership on the team. Every runner, despite the times they record, feel as though they are a valuable aspect of the team, thanks to the captains, coaches and fellow team mates.
Senior captain, Sophia Kidder said, “I felt that we had a very strong team effort this season in cross country which led to many great race performances.”
Several weeks into the season, the Wolves continue to dominate on the soccer field; the varsity boys remain undefeated with an impressive record of 8-0-1. With wins against tough competition like Alpharetta, Altanta International School and Discovery, the team is showing outstanding potential so far. The boys only tie came from a difficult game against Marist. Wesleyan has proven to be an offensive powerhouse, scoring 34 goals so far in only nine games.
Despite early success, the Wolves will need to keep progressing in order to compete with region opponents like GAC, Holy Innocents’ and Lovett.
“Our region games will definitely be the toughest, and we’ll need to play well in those to achieve our goal of winning the state championship,” said senior Grant Sauer. Sauer has proven to be an invaluable asset offensively and defensively for the Wolves, and his leadership is key to the success of the team. Keep Reading
The intense rivalry between Wesleyan and Holy Innocents’ brought the season to a close in epic fashion with an overtime finish in the 2A girls Basketball State Championship. These teams entered their fourth matchup this season for the state title, and Holy Innocents’ led the Wolves 2-1 in the previous three games. The Golden Bears took home the trophy this time with a final score of 66-64 in an unusual ending. Head Coach Tony Watkins ended his career at HIES with a championship.
The Wolves struggled early on, and Holy Innocents’ maintained a lead for the majority of the game. The Lady Wolves relied on sophomore Amaya Register who facilitated the ball well. Juniors Natalie Armstrong and Mikayla Coombs also played important roles putting up significant points and leading the charge on defense. Wesleyan managed to defend the Holy Innocents’ offense well, dominating the Golden Bears in the turnover battle, but could not score enough to take home the win.
Holy Innocents’ got ahead early and stayed there until late in the fourth when Wesleyan put together a run to tie the game. Sophomore Sutton West sealed the run with a clutch three to tie it up. In the waning seconds, an unnecessary foul led to three free throws for Holy Innocents’ Junior Shaiauna Blanding. Blanding went 0-3 to push the game into overtime with the score at 59-59.
Wesleyan got off to an early lead in overtime, bringing to score to 63-59. Register continued to lead the offensive effort in OT. With both teams in the bonus, foul shooting was paramount. The Golden Bears but together four quick points before Wesleyan Head Coach Jan Azar called timeout with a minute left in overtime. Keep Reading