Cross Country: BYU Autumn Classic
By: Parker Stringer 9/21/17
Have you ever been asked to do something you didn’t want to, but took one for the team? Anyway , after no one raised their hand, I reluctantly held up my hand and accepted an impossible task, cover the Corner Canyon Cross Country event at nine in the morning.
I get ready to go. It's about 8:00, and my dad is still asleep. Then, as I’m finishing getting dressed my father asks what time I need to be there? I said 9:00 AM , it was 8:13. When my father finish dressing he angrily drove to the local Beans and Brew, only to figure out that the line in the drive-thru was way too long. He then attempted a backwards driving maneuver only done in a Fast and Furious movie. After a failed coffee run we were off to an unknown land called Provo.
When we finally arrive in Provo, reality sunk in, I didn’t expect this. The parking lot was full and teams of runners everywhere. We purchased our tickets and entered only to find there were about 15 high schools and a few colleges. My dad and I looked tirelessly for any sign of Corner Canyon anywhere. When we couldn’t find them, we decided to get pictures of the upcoming men’s varsity race. We stood near the edge of the line, as people begin to squeeze in to see the runners. Closer and closer as people get and I’m losing my chance to get a decent shot of the runners.
Bang! The gunshot rings off and the race starts. I manage to get a few shots with my camera, but nothing too exciting. I start walking to get more pictures and as the runners come around the corner, I see the silver and blue stripes and I can make out the Corner Canyon logo on their shirts. I swiftly grab my camera as the runners pass my lens and I get off a few quick pics before they dash out of frame.
After the runners go around they are about to finish. I get a spot right after the finish line. The runners push to the finish line, as a runner from Timpview is about to pass and he falls straight to the ground. Hordes of runners keep coming trembling and falling from their weakened legs. Steve Gold a runner for Corner Canyon, ran the whole course in about 20 minutes according to Mallory Mccarter, a friend of mine on the Cross Country team. Another student, Mark Boyle, beat his previous record of seventeen minutes and five seconds with a time of sixteen minutes and forty- seven seconds. According to the Cross Country website http://www.cornercanyonxc.com, Mark boyle is placed 7th in the Sophomore Class.
After the male varsity race, my dad and I deemed it best to leave due to his absence of coffee that morning. Although my time was short at my first Cross Country meeting, I believe I can accurately say Cross Country is an interesting type of sport that still leaves me baffled on how people can run that fast.
A Change in the Season, a Change in Your Step
“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.”
As the new season approaches our mountains and roads, it’s met with great anticipation. It’s no secret that autumn is many people’s favorite season, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why! Wardrobe change, beautiful hikes, gorgeous trees, peaceful bike rides, the scents of cinnamon, crisp breezes, and rainy days perfect for apple cider and reading by the window. But, there’s a fantastic fall activity that can get overlooked in the appetite for pumpkin pie and candy. Running!
Running is one of Utah’s most common ways to exercise. Although it’s a love-hate relationship for most people, fall is the perfect time to find your love for the sport again, or, for the first time. There are only benefits to discovering the perfect running route for yourself and working out. Just to name a few:
Running also is known as a dangerous sport because of how hard it is on your limbs and muscles. Make sure that if you go back into workout mode again, you do it right. Here are some Do’s and Don’t’s to make sure you keep your body safe and happy.
Health & Fitness Editor
It's hard to know where to go to start running and where to get help! Because injuries are so common to new runners and because the most experienced runners can still use some guidelines, here are some great website options to help you find advice, help, and ideas to make your run the best time!