Cross country competes in Nashville Invitational


Kristin Lensch

Mary Hatley (11) and Emma Shadow (12) push through the heat at the AF Bridges Invitational. Shadow finished first on the team, and Hatley finished fourth

The varsity cross country team traveled to Percy Warner Park in Nashville to participate in the XF Bridges Invitational Meet. 

Intense heat on the course caused many delays, as both boys and girls participating in high school races experienced heat-invoked stress, sometimes passing out. Originally scheduled to run at 10:45, the boys varsity race began at 11:20 because of the many girls who needed medical assistance. 

“The extreme heat caused me to overheat and feel tired,” Wyatt Charles (11) said. “Just imagine an ice cube in an oven and that is what it felt like.”

Both the boys and girls teams finished 13th, the boys in a heat of 24 teams and the girls in a heat of 16. 

Relatively early into the season, both varsity squads will look to better their times before the important city championship and state qualifier. 

“It was an overall good meet for me”, Jamieson Nelvis (12) said. “Knowing that I was about to run on the state course, I had to get my mind right. Everybody was falling out, but I didn’t let the heat stop me. In the end, I got a PR of 17:24 and I look to breaking 17 by the end of the season.”