Starkville High Cross-Country endures variations in terrain


photo by Elaine Schimpf

Claire Potts

Last Saturday the Cross-Country team traveled to Tupelo High School for their second meet of the season. Coach Tory Reeves has been preparing the team since the beginning of August.  

“We’ve been working hard and have been doing some hill workouts. I think we were very prepared when we came over today,” Reeves said. 

This was the first time running this course for many members of the team. Caroline Noble’s is a fifthyear runner for the team but has never competed on this course before Saturday. 

“It was pretty bad honestly,” Nobles said. “You started out just heading straight and every one of the hundred something girls is in this tiny area. I could’ve walked and no one would’ve known the difference.” 

The meet course gravelly with variations in terrain while the temperature was a blazing 100 degrees. These are unusual conditions for even experienced high school runners like Nobles.
The cross-country team still has quite a season ahead of them, and they continue to prepare every day.  

“We’ve got a little work ahead of us but we’re just going to continue to work with everybody to see if we can get where we need to be,” Reeves said. “We will go to South Pontotoc, then Tupelo Christian Prep. After that we will start getting ready for our regional meet and our state meet. We are trying to prepare as best as we can for that.” 

Several area schools consistently challenge the Jackets as worthy opponents. Starkville races some of these teams more than others. 

“Oxford and Germantown are the number one and two teams with Pearl and Ocean Springs coming in as three and four. We race Germantown and Oxford a whole lot more than Ocean Springs and Pearl,” Nobles said.  

With the help of their coaches and personal trainer Elaine Schimpf, the team plans on finishing the year strong. The state meet is what the team prepares for throughout the entire season. It will be held November 2 through the 4 in Jackson, Mississippi.