By Katya Jaber and Audrey Soo Hoo
Cross country has been a big sport at Alameda High School for years that challenges runners both mentally and physically.
It appeals to athletes for a variety of reasons. “The intensity of the competitive aspect and how I am able to share that with my teammate,” is part of what draws senior Rachel Wellman to the sport.
“I like how working towards a big challenge brings you closer,” Wellman said.
The cross country team consists of a wide variety of boys and girls at practices. However, there are only 14 total active team members at races, the top seven boys and top seven girls.
Senior Ethan West got into running for cross country because of his friends, but he said that after a while his focus turned toward improving himself and taking on tough challenges.
“Running races is really hard and something that requires mental toughness because it is physically exhausting,” West said.
Many runners on the team say the positive attitude that is pervasive helps them get through the grueling workouts. Each player displays high energy which helps contribute to their performance during races.
“I really enjoy the type of community we have. Everyone works very hard and it’s refreshing to be around people who share a common interest,” Wellman said.