Sept. 8, 2009
Ready For My First Meet As A Bearcat
Jordan Esry, Sophomore
Hey Bearcat Cross Country fans! I am very excited to have the opportunity to keep you updated on our team this season. My name is Jordan Esry and I am a sophomore from Hamilton, Mo., a small town approximately an hour and twenty minutes southeast of Maryville. I ran for and graduated from Penney High School in Hamilton. I just finished up serving a year of ineligibility after transferring from Pittsburg State University last year. To say that I am looking forward to this season is an understatement. Even though being out of competition for a year was difficult, I feel that it was well worth it in order to be able to go to school at and compete for Northwest. For quite a while now I've been counting down to Sept. 12, our first meet, when I get to finally run in a Bearcat uniform with my teammates.
Enough about me though. Our team has been training all summer for this season with everyone having weekly mileage and workout goals to meet. Even though we have been training hard on our own for months, it doesn't compare to training with teammates who give encouragement and create competition. We started practice together on August 25 with a three-day camp out at Mozingo Lake. Even though it was a little rainy at camp, we still had fun and became closer. Our days were filled with catching up and getting to know new teammates, team meetings, hanging out at the beach and of course lots of running!
Camp allowed Coach Lorek to see exactly how hard we had worked over the summer. When we got back I think he felt that we all came into the season in pretty good shape so we were able to jump right into speed work. In one of our first workouts we ran six miles with certain miles picked up and ran harder than others. It was a very challenging workout, but also very good. I think that we surprised both ourselves and coach just a little. We were able to run fast on the miles that we were supposed to and we were able to stick fairly close together. In cross country sticking together and forming a pack is key to scoring well as a team. As we have done more workouts, we continue to stick close together and keep gaining confidence.
We only have a few more practices left until our first meet and we are all getting anxious to race. So hopefully on Saturday some of you will come out and cheer us on as we run on our home course and you can see our pack run together and push each other.
Thanks for reading! Talk to you next week!
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