Cross country team ends season with new coaches, one middle school runner


Mrs. Roberts

The whole cross country team poses with coaches Gregg and Fitzpatrick after the meet at Neshannock on Sept. 29.

Hannah Shaffer, Managing Editor

Running has many more benefits than just good exercise. Even though it is a very good exercise and it improves heart health,running also reduces stress and can even help alternate symptoms of depression. It is also relaxing, and just altogether stress relieving. These are just some of the reasons why you should join the Cross Country team.

This Cross Country season is much different than it has been for previous years. Due to coronavirus, there have been less cross country meets, and even fewer runners. Students have not heard that it was available for them to join. Since it’s a sport that starts in seventh grade, most people in sixth going onto seventh grade, and possibly even eighth do not know about this sport.

“I absolutely loved every second of it, even the awful moments of running you can have, I even loved those too. It’s just a very fulfilling sport when you can finally achieve your PR’s,  and everything that you want. So I loved every second of it,” said Bailey Roberts, senior cross country runner.

Mr. Jim Gregg, the middle school art teacher, is the new Cross Country head coach this year, and Mr. Aaron Fitzpatrick, the high school journalism and media teacher, is the assistant coach for the Cross Country team. Gregg took on being the head coach after the passing of the beloved science teacher and coach, Mr. Richard Heisler.

We have had a great season so far. We have had a few younger runners show interest in the sport. We have also been able to improve the personal record times for some of our high school athletes,” says Gregg.