Hillcrest starts CC team

Hillcrest’s first cross country team practice was Tuesday after school.

Kindergarteners through second graders at Hillcrest Elementary now have the opportunity to run cross country for their school.

The CC team was started this academic year and had its first practice Tuesday.

“Cross country is a hit,” said Lauren Keen, principal at Hillcrest. “We have approximately 45 members. We are so thankful for our three coaches that have dedicated their time to providing this opportunity for our students. Our coaches bring varied experience and knowledge and are doing a wonderful job at modeling teamwork for the runners.”

The three coaches are Sarah Eldred, Emilee Clason and Makayla Dunn, and the team’s first meet is Friday at The Gospel.

Keen said the school wanted to host a cross country team at Hillcrest to provide an outlet for the students.

“Last year really taught us to appreciate the little things and providing a sense of normalcy for the students has been our goal through all decisions, including building a cross country team,” Keen said. “Running is a great experience for children because it allows them to exercise, to be a part of and to work as a team, to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes, and most importantly, to have fun.”

Jessie Thurman’s son, Chandler, is a kindergartener at Hillcrest and joined the team. She said she was excited he was going to have the chance to participate.

“No one in our family runs, but we understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle, so we are trying to instill that at an early age,” Thurman said. “I hope that he learns to like running and that he can carry the discipline it takes with him later in life.”

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