The number of practices are limited as well to prevent the spread of COVID. Even so, coaches are working within county guidelines to provide the opportunities the team needs. They are holding a high standard of safety to everyone who attends.
“Right now, we’re just doing two workouts per week: Saturday mornings and Monday afternoons. [The limited workouts] fall under one of those protocols that the county has put forth. All the kids have to stay in their cars while the athletic trainer from TJ takes their temperature and they fill out a questionnaire,” Withington said. “If their temperature is high and they’re carpooled with anybody, that whole carpool is sent home.”
With precautionary measures in place, the team continues to work to maintain their fitness. However, some members speculate that this cross country season may not provide as many opportunities as in years past.
“My coach told me that there’s going to be a lot less participants, which is going to be interesting, especially because TJ is in such a ‘bad sports district.’ I think [qualifying for] competitions is going to be harder because it’s based off of placement instead of times,” Tran said. “Since TJ isn’t the best at sports, we’re probably not going to make it to states this year, just because all of the good people will automatically qualify.”
Even with the limitations of the current situation, students are looking forward to being back in action and working out during this year’s cross country season.
“I do think [the practices] are still beneficial, because you get to see your friends, and you get to socialize and meet the freshmen,” Tran said. “It’s a lot easier to run when you’re running with someone else. They’re a source of motivation.”