IR Cross Country runs up the win total this season
Both the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams were able to improve upon their 2012 record, the boys finishing the season at 6-7 and the girls ending up at 5-9.
“I feel like this season was more teamwork. Before we kind of just ran on our own. This year we were running in packs. When we come in its right after each other, it’s us together as a team,” junior captain Taite Daisey tried to explain regarding this season’s additional success.
“Cross country is a family thing,” senior Will McCabe went on. “Running in meets we learned to work together. The more meets we run, the more we learn and the closer we get.”
The Indians capped off the season last Tuesday Oct. 29 at the Sussex County Championship held at Seaford. The boys’ team ended up coming in fourth place at the event, finishing behind Sussex Tech, Cape Helopen, and Sussex Central.
Both McCabe and Daisey aren’t done running for IR yet this season. In the spring, like many of the cross-country runners, they’ll take their talents to track and field.
They will also both be participating in the Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church trail run on Sunday, Nov. 3. Daisy will run in a few other charity runs such as the Turkey Trot at Sea Colony, and the Polar Bear Plunge.
This spring, the cross-country team will be hosting their own 5K to raise money for next season. According to Daisey, they’ll be using their own course, people can walk if they want but there will also be a race. She expects most of the team to participate in the event.
McCabe attributes most of this season’s improvement to Head Coach Frank Ryman and assistant coach Katie Holloway. “You can’t say enough about the coaches,” he noted. “They were always there pushing us. Sometimes it seemed like they were pushing us a little too hard but it was for the best.”