“We had some short runs, but they ran hills because we wanted to be prepared for the hills on this course,” he explained.
Attica saw Kenny Little advance to the semi-state on the boys’ side. The junior said it was a rough course to run thanks to the overnight rain.
“It was very sloppy,” he said. “We had people slipping and falling at every turn, but I felt good out there.”
Little said he had a goal of reaching semi-state and according to his coach, he did so by breaking the school cross-country record for the fourth time this year.
Perhaps the most exciting thing for Attica was the finish of Carly Stoll. The sophomore is in her first year of running cross-county and she advanced to semi-state by finishing 33rd.
She broke into tears when her name was called as one of the ten who advance as individuals and they broke out again when she was hugged by her teammates.
“I wanted to do this, of course, but I didn’t really expect it,” she said about advancing. “I told myself I was just going to go out and run and have no regrets.”
Stoll is also a player on the Rambler volleyball team, but she said that was not a problem as far as conditioning was concerned.
“I had a good base from running this summer and I was able to run enough this fall to keep it up,” she said. “I think cross-country shows that if you put your mind into it, you can accomplish a lot. It’s taught me that this year.”
Greg Flint is a freelance writer/photographer for the Commercial-News. He can be reached at email@example.com