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It’s ‘Show me’ time for cross country runners

“Sometimes it takes miles to give up resistance ... A body without difficulty loosening, breaking its own willfulness, cracking itself like a rusted bolt that finally begins to run,” Benjamin Grossberg wrote in “God on the Treadmill.”

The nights are cooling down.

The sun is setting sooner.

Students are getting ready to head back to school.

And, for the runners, it is time for them to give up resistance and finally begin to run, even if it takes miles.

“On paper, I have a decent idea of their potential, but they haven’t done anything yet,” Coach Scott Anderson said of the 2012 Pagosa Pirate cross country team. “Show me, then we’ll talk.”

At this moment so early in the season, there are 22 students on the team, roughly 60 percent returning athletes.

On the boys’ team, out of the six who ran in state last year, three are returning as juniors — Mason Chronowski, Tyler Greenly and Zach Ellis.

“Last year they were the super sophomores,” Anderson said, and though he is not sure what inspiring adjective will define the group with jazzy alliteration this year, he knows that they will be leaders. These three juniors, he said, have been around for awhile, and he believes they are ready to step into the leadership role.

For the girls’ team, Anderson described juniors Dana Danielson and Emily Bryant as “stellar runners, students and people,” coming back ready to lead the team.

“They have been quiet leaders,” Anderson said, adding, “But their actions speak loudly.”

Official cross country practice started Aug. 13 , but Anderson said, for the majority of the cross country team, practice never stopped.

“This group of kids is a great group of citizens and hard workers,” Anderson said, adding, “I’m looking forward to the kids reaching their true potential.”

And this year, Anderson said, the athletes will have more chances to compete, with added meets. And they will have more competitors. This year, Anderson said, they will be competing at several larger meets.

The first cross country meet will be on Friday, Aug. 31, in Colorado Springs, where the Pirates will have a chance to run the new state course.

lindsey@pagosasun.com

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