Cross Country teams breaks out their running shoes again
New Morgan County High School cross country coach Brandon York said he has high hopes for his new team as they get ready to embark on a new season.
â€œI am very pleased with how many kids were faithful to off season training,â€� York said.
The Morgan County cross country team has already begun practicing for their upcoming Spartan Invitational, which will be held on Sept. 15 at Athens Academy.
A big factor that has altered regular training for this year is the heat.Â â€œWe will try to stay away from hills and dips for the first week," York said. "I also plan to do a lot of flat lap running for the first week to help prevent shin splints and Iâ€™ll try to plot shady terrain for the kids to run."
York is taking over the coaching position that was held last year by Dana Buxton.Â
â€œI couldnâ€™t imagine a smoother transition," York said of Buxton. "She has helped me with the schedule and has been such a great help.â€�Â
Although York is just getting to know the runners on his own team, as well as the other teams in the region, he said he expects Athens Academy to be one of their toughest competitors.Â
York plans to help each runner prepare both physically and mentally for the competitions this year.
â€œConvincing yourself you are not tired until you can afford to be tired is key,â€� York said.Â He is also very enthusiastic about the number of parents that are experienced distance runners and is looking forward to their advice.
York is planning on making this year as much fun as possible and plans to train both the boys and girls with the same level of intensity. His goal for this year is for the runners not only to succeed on the field but to be successful in school and in their personal lives as well.Â In the months of September and October there will be six meets.Â Both the region and state meets will be held in November.Â The teamsâ€™ first home meet is set for October 25 at Heritage Park.