It’s been business as usual for the cross country team, which has run three meets thus far and is preparing for the Peninsula Athletic League (PAL) championships. The team has been practicing five times per week, and has maintained its laid-back ethos, going on food runs every Monday.
The Crystal Springs Invitational meet, which took place Oct. 6, was a highlight of the season, as juniors Brendan Creeks and Livvy Van Hamel Platerink and sophomore Aaron Becker all ran personal best times on the course, where they had run numerous times before.
“It was probably the most competitive meet we’ve ever been to,” Creeks said. “Everyone that went ran a pr there.”
Van Hamel Platerink, who left the tennis team to join cross country this year, performed especially well at the meet, and is glad she made the decision to switch sports.
“Everyone’s been really supportive,” she said. “It’s been pretty awesome.”
The team will run one more league meet at the Crystal Springs course on Oct. 26 before wrapping up the season with the PAL championships Nov. 3 on the same course.
“We’re just trying to stay healthy right now to get ready for PALs,” said head coach Steve O’Brien.
Until then, the team will continue to train and enjoy cross country.
“I just love running with the boys,” Creeks said.