GC women’s Cross Country team is off to a fast start in 2017, taking second place in each of their first two meets this season with dominant runner Katherine Yost taking first place in the individual portion of each race.
While running can be an individual challenge physically and mentally, the team focuses heavily on the importance of working together.
“It’s definitely a team sport when it comes to working with someone because what you’re able to do together is way greater than what you’ll ever be able to do by yourself,” said sophomore Grace Lynch.
Lynch went on to say how the freshmen have been a huge help pulling the team together and pushing them to even faster times in meets.
Third-year head coach Steven Cary boasted about how well-prepared his team was coming into the season.
“I think the ladies on the team this year took it upon themselves to do the training over the summer,” Cary said. “This year’s women’s team did an outstanding job.”
Cary was also impressed with how well his team has been working together in the two early meets this season.
“Team chemistry right now is the best it’s been,” Cary said.
The coach said he was proud of the work his runners put in over the summer even with commitments like study abroad programs, mission trips and summer jobs. The team’s hard work has significantly paid off as they are currently ranked 7th in the region.
The Bobcats will look to continue their success throughout the regular season and into the postseason, which is just four weeks away.
Cary said the team will need to ”maintain the same level of poise and focus that they have right now, throughout the rest of the season.”
While it is still early in the season, the team has its sights set on a successful postseason. The team finished in 8th place in the conference for three consecutive seasons, then improved to sixth place in 2016, and will be looking to improve on that finish even more this season.
Redshirt senior Katherine Yost has been a big part of the success of the team, winning the first two races of the season, along the way crushing her own previous school 5k record time (18:49) by forty seconds (18:09).
While Yost does incredible individual things at meets, her presence on the team also helps motivate the rest of the runners to strive for her level of success.
“It’s really cool to be able to have somebody like her on the team who is so humble about her abilities but at the same time is able to believe in you,” Lynch said. “[It] gives you more belief in yourself when one of the best runners believes in you.”
Cary said he is confident that the team will improve on last season’s results and is hoping for a finish near the top of the conference and region.
Georgia College will host its annual Bobcat Invitational on Friday, October 6th.