Track Vs. XC

Elly, Staff

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Track and field and cross country are two hugely popular sports. Even though they both involve running, they have many differences. Speed, stamina, endurance, and agility are all required to go the distance. Despite this, they are two completely different sports. I have talked to some of Springville’s cross country and track and field members to find the real alterations between these sports.

When asked what is required to be a successful cross country runner, Chris Smith said, “You have to be a team player. Unlike track, you have to be willing to work with your team members. If you win, you win together; if you lose, you lose together.”

“You have to be willing to work hard when it gets hard,” Sarah McGinnis stated.

Despite running for your own time, cross country runners seemed to be in agreement that it is a team sport. You are with your team through all the highs and the lows. You run in the woods, up and down large hills, and on rough concrete to complete a race. You must have endurance and speed in order to get a good time or place. Everything you do you do with your team, which is one of the best things about cross country.

Track and field, on the other hand, is definitely a single sport. You run for your own time and it is much harder to place. You can compete in running, throwing, or jumping events and you can run speed or distance. Graham Bianchi said, “You compete against other people, but you are mostly competing against yourself.”

This is very true, as your main goal is to beat your own personal record. Though you must still think of your team, everything you do is for your own time, place, and record. You are also running on a track instead of a course in the woods. Track and field teams are usually bigger than cross country teams, perhaps because of the different events. It is also more popular among sports fans. Coach Graben says, “The best part of track is there’s no parent complaining. There’s an event for everyone and everyone can compete.”

Cross country and track are two great opportunities to become more involved with the school. There are no cuts, so everyone gets a chance to represent and compete for our school. These are two of the most popular sports at Springville, so if you have the chance you should come out and support (or maybe even join) our amazing cross country and track and field atheletes.

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Elly, staff

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3 Responses to “Track Vs. XC”

  1. prayer martin on November 14th, 2018 8:09 am

    Cross Country and Track are both so much to be apart of!

  2. Libby Thornton on November 14th, 2018 8:16 am

    Good article Elly, love ya. Really love to support my Springville track and cross country teams! They are the best! So, in conclusion, Ken Zou.

  3. Kira Young on November 14th, 2018 12:58 pm

    I honestly love both, but track is more competitive and there is so much more to do. This article is great Elly!

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Track Vs. XC