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MCXC plan to improve athletically and academically

September 2, 2011

Kimarri Campbell/The Courier - The Monmouth College cross-country team practices in the Huff Athletic Center for the Midwest Conference meet, where they will race against Grinnell, their biggest rival. Before that, the men and women’s teams will run at the Les Duke Invitational Sept. 10 at Grinnell.

After coming off of a strong season last year, cross country looks to improve on their success.

“It went pretty well,” said senior Jon Welty. “We didn’t place as high as we wanted, but overall there were a lot of individual successes and most of the team improved on their times.”

To get ready for the upcoming season, Welty and his teammates have been working hard all summer.

 “Coach Haynes gave us a summer regimen to follow and I have been sticking to it,” said Welty. “I kept in touch with him over the summer to get in the best shape possible for this upcoming season.”

He has also set a personal goal for himself during the season.

“I have a few specific goals I want to meet this year, like running the 8k in 21:40, and finish in the top five in the conference,” he said.

The team has several goals for this coming year, mainly finishing in the top three at the Midwest Conference meet.

Aside from that, they also want to have five men all-conference, both in cross country and academically, a feat they have never accomplished before.

However, there are some issues standing in their way.

“Grinnell is always our big rival,” said Welty. “They’ve always been a powerhouse. We’re striving to dethrone them this year.”

According to Welty, most people think cross-country is just about running. In his opinion, there is more to it.

“The enjoyment that you get from running and competing is fun,” he said, “too many people focus on the competition, but I like keeping the fun in it. It’s something that I thoroughly enjoy, both the competition and the team.”

Welty also enjoys the close bond he shares with his teammates.

“The thing that is so special about the team is that it is small and close,” he said. “We build strong bonds and care about each other and how we do because we all know everyone pretty well; they are not just another athlete on the team.”

Welty and the cross country team have started practicing on a daily basis. The conference meet will be Oct. 29 at Ripon College in Wisconsin.

Jack Donnelly
Contributing Writer

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