The Gregory Cross Country team has been working hard since the beginning of the school year, making great progress. The team worked together for the whole season helping and supporting each other until the last practice and the state final.
Jesse Vondracek came back this year to coach the cross country team and the runners loved that. “I like the coaches a lot, they pushed us to be better and better and they really know the sport they coach. They’re pretty cool dudes.” said freshman Kai Morfin.
Coach Vondracek was not the only one to influence and train the team. Coach Robert Scribner was able to help the team out. “Coach Scribner also brings a lot of experience to the team. Being pro is kind of a big thing. He’s also a pretty cool guy,” said senior RJ Prudic, the captain of the cross country team.
“I really like the coaches this year. They’re extremely dedicated to the team and make sure that everyone does their best with fun but challenging workouts,” said Senior Eliza Saunders.
The members of The Gregory School cross country team have warm and supportive relationship with each other and every member makes sure to motivate others.
“I love our team because everyone loves to run and pushes me to do my best at practice and in meets,” said Saunders. “The kids are very nice and fun to be around. We laugh a lot and make jokes, but we still get work done,” said Morfin.
The team was full of positive comments when they found out that some of their team members had qualified for states.
“I have a lot of faith in RJ and Kai. The team has been practicing so hard all season so I am positive everyone will do great, but RJ and Kai have really showed their capabilities during sectionals and I believe they will do even better in states,” said junior Gabrielle Ventola.
“I think as long as everyone really runs their best and gives it their all, we have a chance at winning,” said Morfin. “I think if the team goes in the direction it’s heading, this team is going to be a running powerhouse.”
The season finished with states as the guys on the team ran their best.
“I was super excited about going to states! The whole team ran well and really deserved to go”, said Morfin. This was Morfin’s first year on a cross country team since 5th grade, although he has praticipated in 5K runs across Tucson for the past several years.
Even though the girls from the team could not go to states they were not too upset.
“I’m okay with not going to states because I don’t like running for competition as much as running for leisure,” said Saunders.
“I knew I was not going to qualify for states because I recently just came back from multiple injuries so I was just running for the experience”, said Ventola.
Hopefully more students will join the cross country team next year. But for now, this year’s team has done a great job and showed its dedication and passion.
From the captain:
“My favorite memory this season was at my first and only home meet. Myself and three other runners ran faster than the previous course record.”
— Robert Prudic ‘15, Cross Country Team Captain
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