TYGART LAKE— Members of the Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Cross Country team were recently rewarded with a day of fun for completing an off-season task over the summer.
Coaches Karey Maier and Autumn Young challenged their runners to go the distance during their time off, and run 100 miles, logging their progress along the way.
According to Maier and Young, they had ten runners rise to the task and hit or surpass that 100-mile mark, an accomplishment, they say was no easy feat, will only make them stronger athletes and competitors in the end.
“Taking time out of your summer and being disciplined enough to train is a huge accomplishment alone,” Maier shared.
As a reward for their hardwork, those who met the 100-mile goal were treated to a day of fun in the sun at Tygart Adventures, free of charge, while those who fell short were still given the opportunity to join their teammates at a discounted rate.
But before, they hit the water, the team battled the heat, and utilized one of the many trails offered at Tygart Lake State Park for a short practice, working up a sweat which made the cool waters of the lake even more refreshing.
Maier and Young also noted that this activity was more than a reward, but also served as a way for them team to bond and for the newcomers to get to know some of the more seasoned runners.
“We just want to thank Tygart Adventures for hosting us, and our parents for allowing us the time with their children,” said Young. “We had so much fun!”
The TCMS XC season will officially kick off with their first meet on Friday, August 27, as the team travels to Preston County to take part in the Knight Relay. The boys will take off first at 8:30 p.m., and the girls will round out the night hitting the trail at 9:30 p.m.
The staff of the Mountain Statesman would like to wish the best of luck to the Knight XC team for their 2021 season.