by: Julia Armistead and Victoria Johnson
Valdosta State Cross Country both men and women teams are prepared for their upcoming pre-regionals tournament, hosted by The University of Tampa on Friday.
They will do their best to work together and figure out ways to oust their next opponents.
Juliana Boehm, a senior from Kirschberg, Germany, believes the team has great potential to win in the upcoming tournaments throughout the rest of the season.
“I think we are all in pretty good shape,” Boehm said. “We just have to stay healthy, do what coach says, and try to get more offensive at the beginning of the races.” The girls have been starting off behind in races, with the strategy of picking up the pace at the end to beat opponents. With a change in pace at the beginning of the races, instead of the end, the girls should finish victoriously, as Boehm hopes. “We have to stick together. We can do it” Boehm said, as last year’s number one runner in the pre-regionals tournament at UT.
Boehm is very positive about the rest of the season and hopes this positive attitude pays off at pre-regions and desires to make it past this year to regionals, and even nationals.
With most of the girls being extremely excited about the tournament on Friday, each of them are going to try their best to get awesome personal times, hopefully leading the team into the number one spot.
Coach Clinton Bell is the new and renowned head coach for the cross country team.
Only have been here for two shorts months, he is giving all efforts in guiding his team to the top.
“I know that I have not been here too long, but what sets me aside from coach Smoot is that from what I know, my structures of practices are different. Coach Bell does shorter intervals, I make sure to incorporate longer intervals with a faster pace. We have a longer tempo and change the pace up,” Bell said.
Having practice six days a week, with only one day in between for breaks, coach Bell knows what needs to be done to provide the helpful push for the cross country team.
The Blazers head south for Tampa on Friday morning.