Men’s cross country celebrates early success

Elise Keller

Senior Charlie Teeter runs in the home meet at Blackburn Park Sept. 5. where he won first place. Sept. 9, Teeter also ran 15:39, breaking a school record, at the second meet of men’s cross country season at Ft. Zumwalt North. Photos from Jon Petter.

Following last season’s success, senior Charlie Teeter and the men’s Cross Country Team are looking to push harder this season.

Junior Brett Kreuger said, “So far it’s been a good start to the season. I think me and the rest of the team, especially the top guys, I think we’re all really motivated this year, and we all have big goals and dreams, not just for ourselves but for the team in general, and I think we’ve had such a great start the season it’s just making us more fulfilling those dreams.”
Coach Jon Petter began preparing the runners for the season back in June.

“It’s great because we have been running together since the beginning of Summer. The guys came together right after track season ran all summer. We had perfect attendance for the first three or four practices in the first couple weeks, and then we had like 95 percent of the team come to camp which is awesome,” Petter said.

“So the guys were hitting 40, 50 miles each week, and then just were able to nail workouts right from the get-go at the beginning of the season when practice started. They just really have gelled as a team, and we kind of had our goals set, worked hard over summer, and the best way to have a good team season is have a good summer,” Petter said.

The culture of the team, as well as it’s lofty goals, began over the summer.

“Petter was talking about (getting a State trophy), earlier in the summer, like way before the beginning of the season, and I was like, ‘I hope we can do it. I don’t think we can.’ but seeing how we’ve raced already twice now and the energy at practice, I think it’s definitely something we can pull off. If people work hard enough, we have a group of guys that’s definitely capable of doing it,” Teeter said.

“Petter has big expectations for us and we just want to meet and exceed those and really just make a name for ourselves this year,” Kreuger said.

“I think our overarching goal, at least for me, is to make a name for our team and to continue the legacy of our team because at the end of the day we’re a team, we’re family, and I think our team goals should be one of the most important things,” Kreuger said.

In the first meet of the season, both JV and Varsity finished first. In the second meet, Teeter finished first and broke a school record with his time of 15:39.


Elise Keller – Editor in Chief

This will be Elise Keller’s third year on ECHO staff, but she made several contributions while taking journalism class her freshman year.


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