CHS runners compete at EIU running camp
Charleston is where five Carlinville High School cross country athletes spent their time the week of June 23-27, taking part in the long distance running camp hosted by Eastern Illinois University.
Mackenzie Harris, Stasia Nejmanowski, Cory Landon, Jason Landon and Nolan Kreipe all took part in the action-filled camp.
Carlinville Senior to be Cory Landon said it was a beneficial camp, the fifth camp at EIU that he has attended. “It’s a long distance running camp that helps prepare runners for the cross country season,” Cory Landon said. “Also hopefully, after a great cross-country season, it will help with the track season.”
The camp covered running mechanics, nutrition, elements of distance running training, racing tactics, team building and leadership, running shoe selection and motivation. “We went over how to get the strengths of a team both mentally and physically,” Landon said. “They gave us stretching exercises and we ran twice a day. This gives runners a good start for the summer season.”
The camp brochure provided more information, including that the athletes were preparing at one of the more modern facilities in the Midwest. Campers ran on the Panther Trail at O’Brien Stadium, at Fox Ridge State Park and on local city and country running routes.
Among the camp personnel giving instruction and direction to the runners included director John McInerney, Dr. Thomas Woodall, Dr. Jake Emmett, Brad Butler, Erin Howarth and Dr. Amber Shipherd. Butler and Howarth are the current cross country coaches at EIU.
“Cross country in the summer — it’s different than track,” Cory Landon said. “You need to run more miles in the summer.”
With recruiting season having started, Landon said he is eyeing a possible reuniting with Eastern Illinois University come next year. “EIU is one of my top schools I’m looking at,” he said. “I’m pretty close to the athletes and coaches at EIU.”
Members of the cross country team can be seen running out and about in the Carlinville community. On one particular Monday evening around 7:15 p.m., they were spotted running near the Shell gas station across from the Amtrak station in preparation for the upcoming season.
Cross country teams can begin practicing for the season on Aug. 12, with meets scheduled to begin the week of Aug. 24.
CUTLINE: From left, Mackenzie Harris, Nolan Kreipe, Jason Landon, Cory Landon and Stasia Nejmanowski all took part in the Eastern Illinois University long distance running camp June 23 to 27.