Grit, determination paying off
Cassville cross-country lapping the field
The Cassville cross-country team has a simple training method — run, then run and follow that up by running some more and then cool down with more running.
“The thing about cross-country, more than any other sport, is what most kids hate to do [run], we do for fun,” said Chris Shore, Cassville coach. “This season, we are blessed with kids that enjoy the sport and the results are starting to show.”
The Wildcats boys cross-country took second at the Seneca meet and then won the Monett and Hollister.
“This is the best start that we’ve had to the season in a while,” Shore said. “The biggest factor is I’ve had some of these runners for six years.”
The Wildcats are spurred by seniors Isaac Dodson and Austin Wilson. Wilson took first at Monett with a time of 18:17 and Dodson was fourth with a 18:36.
Sophomore Devin Brooks took third with a 18:27.
Shore, while not taking anything away from his team said that they must keep things in perspective early on.
“There are still some good district teams we have not faced like Logan-Rogersville and Carl Junction,” Shore said. “We still must focus on getting better and increasing our practice miles. Still, we are gaining confidence with the finishes.”
On the girls side, Shore praised the work of Brylee Wilson and Zoey Brookes who finished first (21:56) and fourth (22:19) at Monett.
“The biggest thing is that these runners are showing our younger members what it takes,” Shore said. “Our goal now is just to keep running."