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Kira Girardi, sophomore, is a part of the cross country team.

Struthers High School Cross Country’s banquet was on Wednesday, November 1st.

Cross country is during the summer and fall. Cross Country practice is held in the morning from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Middle school runners have to run two miles, and high school runners have to run 3.1 miles. 

The teammates think that they could have done something different this year.

“I should’ve paced myself earlier in the season so I could have had a better outcome in the end,” says sophomore Grayce Martinez. 

Tuesday’s are sprint days. Many, if not all members of the team, hate sprint days. The team runs a 200, 400, 800, 400, 200. A 200 is a half of a lap, a 400 is a whole lap, and an 800 is two whole laps. These are used for the sprinting part of the meets. Although almost everyone dislikes them, they improve speed and help the team be able to sprint better towards the end. 

With this sport, there are many things to look forward to.

I would say that I’m pretty proud of how I’ve run this season because I was able to cut down my original time by close to 26 minutes, but I think I can definitely get better. Also with this being my first season, I think I can get my time to under 30 minutes next season,” says sophomore Kira Girardi.  

There are different group sections while running. The groups are based on the team members’ levels of speed. The Cross Country team runs different paths. One main path they ran was from the high school to Mauthe Park and back. 

Runners can achieve accomplishments in this sport. 

“One word I would describe cross country as is rewarding,” says junior Emma Hawkins. 

The team supports each other on and off the course. There are both negatives and positives, and it is one of the most supportive sports. 

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Jolene Pritts, News Writer
Jolene is a sophomore at Struthers High-school and is 15 years old. She is a News Writer in Journalism II. Jolene enjoys watching TV shows and movies. She watches “Anne with an E” and “The Grinch.” Jolene’s favorite food to eat is potatoes. Her favorite fast food place is McDonald’s. Jolene’s favorite part about school is talking to her friends. She is involved in a few clubs: Interact Club, Book Club, and Future Teachers club. She plays soccer as a wing. When she’s outside of school, she plays with her little sister and goes to practice. Her favorite part of journalism is writing about different topics and letting her work be creative. She is planning on going to MCCTC for the last two years of her school year. She wants to go for Culinary arts. Jolene wants to focus on her career and continue to improve in soccer.
Ava Pokopatz, Feature Writer
Ava Pokopatz is a senior at Struthers High School and is 17 years old. This is her first year in Journalism.  Ava’s favorite food is sushi and pasta. She really enjoys going out with her friends and just going and driving around. She is a member of the National Honors Society. She is planning on having the best time and memories during her senior year.  Ava has been involved in the Struthers school community for a little while. She was a part of the track team her freshman and sophomore year, but she does plan on running again for her senior year. She is also participating in many different clubs through the school. She has been a wildcat for almost her whole life.  Ava is really looking forward to experiencing journalism and finding her writing style. She really enjoys writing so this will be a great way for her to express herself. She is doing this with her favorite teacher Mrs. Mickler, so she is going to have an amazing year.
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