Cross Country plans to change the culture of the team and pride itself on hard work


Morgan Williams

The Cross Country is working hard as possible, which includes regularly partaking in grueling races.

BSM’s 2016 Cross Country team is back and better than ever.  With impressive runners leading their teams to a successful season, limits are nonexistent.  The men’s cross country team has high expectations for this 2016 season and has been working to meet their goals. “The team’s main goal is to establish the program and get second place in the conference because the bigger schools [in the] conference have an upper hand.  In previous years, the team has been really laid back, but now we are working really hard to get our best runners in good shape to be more competitive than in previous years,” senior runner Lucas Latterell said.

The BSM men’s cross country team has a coach that has been talking about changing the culture of the team — that’s been unmotivated competitively in years past — and coaching this team to dream big and get winning results.  “We want a team that doesn’t have two or three strong runners, but an entire team that works together to become better together,” Latterell said.

It’s no discussion when it comes to the extreme work ethic of this team.  The team gets along in and outside of cross country practices, which also contributes to the remarkable team dynamic.  “The team chemistry is amazing this year. During the summer practices, I spent entire days with my teammates in and outside of practice.  Ultimately, everyone has a mutual respect for each other and because of that we all work really hard to push one another to improve as a team,” Latterell said.

The girls’ cross country team is also on the path to success this season.  Senior captain Claudia Elsenbast and other powerhouse runners are setting the bar high for what to expect this season.  “We have a goal this season of performing [our] best as a team by creating successful running packs.  We have a great team chemistry and we all enjoy running with each other and spending time with one another outside of practices as well,” captain Claudia Elsenbast said.

The girls’ cross country team competes in a difficult section, so as a team they are training to compete to the best of their abilities and hope to come out with a satisfactory outcome in the section standings.  “We are a great team that not only works hard and runs to improve individually, but we already know that this season will be one to remember.  Don’t sleep on BSM CC,” Elsenbast said.