The cross country team is off to a fast start for the 2012 season, preparing to defend last year’s titles of District Champs, Metro Champs, and third in state. The Running Wolves trained all summer for the upcoming season, participating in pre-season events like Weekly Team Conditioning and the Team Camp of Champions XVI, held at Fountainebleau State Park.
“These guys have been working hard all summer for this season,” said Myrle Wiggins, Cross Country Moderator.
Over the summer, the team went to various locations like St. Joseph’s Abbey, 15th St. Park, and the Mandeville lakefront, Wiggins noted. The team did this every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in June and July.
“They would also meet at Varsity Sports in Mandeville and begin to run for conditioning,” said Wiggins.
The team also traveled to Fontainebleau State Park where they participated in the Team Camp of Champions XVI, held on July 29-Aug. 1. On the first night, the team ran a total of 10 miles. The rest of the week, they got up each morning to run six miles, and each evening they ran another six miles. They finished the four-day week with a total of 46 miles.
Now that school has started, the Wolves hold practice on Monday-Friday after school from 3:30-5:30. On Sept. 6, the team held time trials and their annual “Meet the Team” event. They travel to Highland Road Park in Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday, Sep. 8, to participate in their first meet, the St. Michael Bayou Boogie Classic.
“We have one goal this year, and that is to be state champions,” says Zach Albright, third year member.
Although there hasn’t been an official preseason ranking, members of the team stated that they will be in contention for the state title this year.