District News


Cross Country 'Cats: Building a Tradition of Running

Posted on: October 27, 2015

As legendary U.S. cross country coach Pat Tyson once said, the first goal of the sport is simply to build a passion for running -- "to love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And if some kid gets really good at it, that's cool, too."

It's fitting commentary on the Wildcat runners' season.




The Finneytown boys' and girls' cross country teams ended their season Saturday at the District Division 2 Championships with a pair of strong 8th-place finishes in a large and talented pack. McKenzie Jones led the girls. Joel Steimle led the boys.

Coach Rich Jones had special praise for seniors Katherine Germann, Sarah Rose Germann, Julia Germann, Ariana Bonds and Luke Brueggemeyer. "They have built a strong foundation for our cross country program since they were in seventh grade," he said. "Finneytown has built an amazing tradition of running and competing in cross country. We hope our seniors' legacy will continue to grow as more and more Finneytown students discover this great sport and join our team."

Finneytown CC's numbers are small but growing -- 26 middle and high school runners -- and Coach Jones is seeing that spark of passion Pat Tyson spoke of. "We have what we call 'the moment of truth' -- running in the rain, in the workouts," Coach Jones says. "Our runners know you have to have inner drive and it has to be disciplined. Cross country can make you a better athlete, but it can also make you a better person."