A pack of Tigers has been spotted at several cross-country meets throughout Colorado, Oregon, and Kansas.

Since the start of their 2013-14 season, the CC women’s cross-country team has been finishing their races with impressively close times. This pack mentality has been contributing positively to the team.

“The majority of the team came into the season with really close times, so we’ve all been able to run together and push each other at practice. When one person gets faster, she pushes the other girls to get faster, too. The same happens in races—we can all run as a pack and move up together,” said sophomore captain Beryl Coulter.

At the UCCS Ruster Buster invitational, all five CC team members who competed on the 4K double-loop course finished within 41 seconds of each other.

The team members themselves are just as close as their times.

“The girls’ team is ten freshmen and four upperclassmen, so it’s a really young team. Everyone got really close early in the season, and it’s stayed that way. It’s a really positive and fun group to run with,” said Coulter.

The first race that the entire team ran together was the home meet during Block 1. The team earned fourth place at Colorado College’s Invitational in North Monument Valley Park, a 6K course.

The Tigers have been consistently led by junior Erin Morrow, with a time of 16:40 at Ruster Buster and 24:58 at the CC invitational. At the home meet, Coulter had the second-fastest time of the Tigers with 25:24. And the five Tigers who finished after Coulter all finished within 15 seconds of each other.

At the 5K Charles Bowles invitational in Oregon, the first and fifth of CC’s top five runners were separated by a mere 14.1 seconds.  The top runner was once again Morrow, who finished 72nd out of 127 NCAA Division III runners.

While cross-country is a sport where individual victories are important, the CC pack is dedicated to improving their team overall.

“Everyone really encourages and pushes each other, so everyone is always happy for both individual and team success. The two usually come hand-in-hand. With cross-country, team success involves everyone, and one person can’t carry the whole team to a win,” said Coulter.

At their last meet, the CC team received eighth place out of 25 overall teams at the 5K Fort Hays State University Tiger Open in Kansas. Both Morrow and Coulter achieved season bests, with 19:30.27 and 20:22.71 respectively.

Junior Rebecca Lavietes, a first-year runner for CC, finished second on the team for the first time, trailing Morrow by less than five seconds.

The next two big races for the Tigers are Conference on Nov. 2 and Regionals on Nov. 16. The biggest competition at Conference is Trinity University, and Regionals determines who goes to Nationals. Hopefully, the pack can stay together and continue to push each other as the team makes their way through this season.

 

 

Hannah Westerman

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