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Girl’s Cross Country Team Ran With Heart in Last Meet of the Season

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On a cool Friday, October evening, the Carthage College women’s cross country team lined the walls and sat on the floor of a Holiday Inn hotel room. Cramped together, the team was assembled for one last time to build one another up for the races that lay ahead for the conference meet the following day.

The advice and encouragement expressed by the seniors in the face of possibly their last cross country race ever was touching and brought several to tears. The tears shed were not of sadness for the end of an era, but rather stemming from a deep love and compassion for both the team and the sport itself.

“My favorite thing about cross country at Carthage is how supportive the entire team is,” said Johnelle Miner, ’20, an up and coming runner.

This supportiveness is what Miner believes positively contributed her success this season. She is not alone in her overall impressive season and consistently good times.

Head coach Stephanie Domin commented there is a strong future of the team, and is impressed with her team’s overall competitiveness. The belief is that this good season can be largely attributed to the positive support felt by all.

“We have a young team, and with more growth and experience, I know this team can be one of the best teams in Carthage history,” said Domin.

At the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championship meet on Saturday, the team ran with heart. Although the team came up shorter than they hoped, the one race performance could not par to the rewarding season the girls had worked hard to have.

“Every girl on the team encourages one another every day and cares deeply about each other’s improvement and success,” said Miner. “We have such a genuine and compassionate team.”

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