Dedicated runners hope to compete at state
By Daniel Winningham
Coach Mike Viano and the 10 students — five girls and five boys — making up this year’s Carlinville High School cross country squad have been preparing for a successful 2013 season.
The runners have been training for several weeks, and the 10 out for the team this year ran more than 4,000 miles.
“This group of kids is probably the most dedicated I’ve had, to put that kind of mileage in is really tough, with vacations, work and everything else,” M. Viano said.
The team goal is to be peaking toward the end of the season, getting faster as the calendar switches from October to November.
“You try to work through the meets as they go and your goal is run your fastest times those last three meets,” M. Viano said. “I always say the season doesn’t start until conference.”
M. Viano is entering his tenth year as CHS cross country coach.
Practice began Aug. 14 but those on the team have been training throughout the summer.
“During the summer they’re on their own, but I give them the mileage they’re supposed to hit each week,” he said.
There were 14 official practices in the summer, according to Viano.
“Most of these kids run in the morning, so we do doubles almost every day,” he said.
Home meets include Tuesdsay, Sept. 3, at 4:30 p.m. for the Carlinville Early Meet and Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 4:30 p.m. for the Carlinville Invitational. Both meets take place at Loveless Park.
This year’s girls roster is comprised of seniors Lea Viano and Darcy Bilbruck; sophomores Colleen Madden and Jacey Roper; and freshman Kamryn Bremer.
Madden finished the 2012 state meet in Peoria in 18:55, good for 52nd overall while L. Viano ran a 18:57, which was 57th overall. The first 25 finishers at the State Meet are named All-State.
“Darci had been training for a half marathon, and I got a hold of her, and I thought it’d be a good opportunity to pick up another girl that’s been training,” Viano said.
Roper returns for her second year at the high school level, and ran 400 miles in the summer months.
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