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Runner Addie Gehring participating in a race in Broken Arrow.

Runner Addie Gehring participating in a race in Broken Arrow.

Runner Addie Gehring participating in a race in Broken Arrow.

Runner Addie Gehring participating in a race in Broken Arrow.

Claire Guthery

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There is no doubt that the freshman girls were incredibly successful this season in Cross Country. Katherine Bishop and Addie Gehring, both freshman for the XC team this year, had a very rewarding season. Both girls were so passionate about running and about their commitment to the team.

Katherine Bishop, one of the freshman on the team, recognizes how the hard work paid off for their group.

“You have to be committed to the team, we were practicing every morning in the summer and when school started we were practicing first block early in the morning. You have to be very committed but it’s worth it,” Bishop said.

This year Bishop and her teammates won state. She also got to run varsity as a freshman and won a medal in Broken Arrow.

“I feel grateful to be a part of such a talented and fun team, it’s great that we all have such a close relationship. I really loved training with everyone throughout the summer and fall.” Bishop said.

Another freshman on the Cross Country team is Addie Gehring. She knows a little about the athletic department here because of her older sibling at the school.  Gehring had never run cross country in the past, and she decided to do it this year because she really enjoyed it.

“I really enjoy it, but I also started doing it because two of my friends were doing it and I thought it would be a good experience,” Gehring said. “I’ve made a lot of new friends, it’s a great experience to meet new people and become friends with some of the upperclassman.”

Mr. Franz, the principal, also had a strong opinion about the cross country team. Franz himself ran, but he also coached for 20 years.

“Cross country takes time and determination,” Franz said. “The sport is an individual sport, but you have to work together to find success.”

Franz also knows the difference athletics can make in the lives of teenagers.

“Athletics can form communities, it’s about bonding and finding belonging outside of groups in your family.”

With a strong young team, the future looks bright for the Comet Girl’s Cross Country squad.

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