Last Thursday, Pratt runners turned in top times for good results.
On Thursday, Oct. 3, the Pratt High School cross country team hosted nearly 20 teams at their invitational meet at Sixth Street Park, and saw great success on both the girls and boys teams. The Pratt girls team won the meet, and the boys placed fourth. Not only did the team place well as a whole, but a few individuals placed highly as well. Sophomore Addie Hoeme took home the gold, and junior Sian Helfrich placed 4th in the 5K race. In the boys 5K race, senior Raul Orozco took 4th place.
Though the temperature only reached about 60 degrees, Helfrich said it was the perfect weather for a meet. In her experience, most people get personal records when they run in cold weather.
“The weather was amazing to run in,” Helfrich said, “I always find cold temperatures breed personal records.”
Finding strength to push through races has been a challenge, Helfrich said, but the team aspect of cross country has helped her give each race her all.
“Cross country not being my best nor favorite season, I struggle with finding the competitive drive in a race,” said Helfrich. “Running with a team has helped me find a new level of pushing myself.”
Another part of cross country that Helfrich has enjoyed has been leading the younger team members.
“I have loved watching the younger girls push themselves and get better and start to find their place in the team. Getting to lead and encourage them has been very rewarding,” Helfrich said.
Helfrich hopes to finish the season strong with a medal at state, but most importantly, she hopes to lead the team well.
“This season I would like to qualify individually for state and earn a medal,” Helrich explained, “but my most important goal is leading this team through the adversity of state and knowing I left it all on the course.”
Helfrich said the team enjoyed having the meet at home, and they were grateful for all of the support they received from the other sports teams.
“Running at home is always a great experience. A huge thanks to the volleyball and football teams and coaches for moving around practices to come support our runners,” said Helfrich. “None of the team had ever experienced support like what we had on Thursday.”