Starting off strong by starting out young

Coach Brandon Beltz gives cross country youth clinic participants instructions before the start of practice on Sept. 12. Photo by Hailey Shank

The varsity cross country team was joined by eleven elementary youth for an introductory clinic last week.

“I loved the youth clinic. The running was hard and made me out of breath,” fourth grader Molly Monthei said.

Youth clinic participants Ty Kolly and Zavier Thompson race ahead of Nevin Thompson during the open race at the Bulldog Invitational on Sept. 19.

On the Sept. 11 and 13, the varsity cross country team was joined by 11 elementary youth for an introductory clinic. The clinic was a 3-day event that was composed of 2 practices and a race at the home meet on Tuesday, Sept.19. At the practices, the youth were taught the varsity runners warm-ups and then did a workout with the team.

On the Sept. 11 the varsity runners and the youth did a lot of stretching including plyometric stretching in small groups. Then everyone got together and did standing stretches. All of the stretching was followed by a 1½ mile run.

“I loved the youth clinic. The running was hard and made me out of breath,” fourth grader Molly Monthei said.

On the Sept. 13 the day started with plyometric stretching, then all of the youth were put into groups with the varsity runners and they did running relays for the day’s workout.  

“The youth clinic was excellent and we received a lot of positive verbal feedback from parents and the varsity athletes themselves,” girls coach Sarah Furman said.

The participants from the youth clinic:

Molly Monthei
Michaiah Penewit
Brooklyn LeBrecque
Amelie Hanson
Ty Kolly
Zavier Thompson
Angela Kilmer
Evyn Matlack
Elizabeth Furman
Masin Gaffney
Kaylee Taglauer

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About Abbi Kline 8 Articles
Inland Lakes Senior. This is my second year writing for IL360. I am on the varsity cross country team and run distance on the varsity track team.

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