PRINCETON—The Princeton Senior High School cross country team are looking for ways to prepare the best they can in an unusual season.
There is a new norm for sports in 2020. Teams have been relegated to reduced seasons and practice times. Regardless of the circumstances for most everyone around the country for fall sports, coach Tressie Hamm and the Princeton cross country team is looking forward to making the best they can of the season.
“The restrictions bought forth by WVSSAC had made practices a little more challenging,” Hamm said. “But we are still grinding to perform our best. We are preparing everyday with our workouts and training.”
As with anyone else, PSHS are taking things one week at a time. The Tigers have continued to set personal goals at practice and have been working hard to make goals in their times. The Tigers have runners who enjoy the sport which will make the season exciting and fun as they go on to chase new goals in a unfamiliar season.
Hamm has some runners returning and newcomers who she expects to make progress throughout the season. Ben Walker, who also runs track, is expected to make new strides this season as a returner. Hamm also expects a lot from fellow senior, Montana Meachum as well as Bradford Hurt and Jerry Reed who also bring experience to the team. Princeton also has a couple of promising freshmen in Patrick Anderson, Xander Reed, and Kyle Moretto.
On the girls’ side, Andi Graham will make an impact in the girls’ team as a first year junior. PSHS return five girls from last year with Hayley Collins and Cierra Hall leading the top slot. Ava Bane, Megan Howell, Hannah Smith, and Brooke Pinter are all expected to make strong gains. Even though there is a risk for the season being stopped at any time, Hamm has kept her message consistent with her team about how running is beneficial not just for sport but for lifestyle as well.
“Cross country is a lifelong sport,” Hamm said. “At practices we have discussed healthy lifestyles and being the best you can be. Even though the season can be put at jeopardy at any point we talked about 5K’s being available at any point when Covid numbers decline. Runners run. That’s just what we do.”
Niqko Marshall is a freelance sports reporter for the Princeton Times. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org