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Nobody likes to run during practice, but for the members of the Bixby Cross Country team it’s all the practice they need.
Beginning mid-summer these Spartans ran “approximately 2.5 to 3 miles a practice,” according to senior Ben Wilson. Led by senior co-captains Wilson and Robbie Anderson, the Spartans improved dramatically as a team with respectable finishes at meets against much larger competition.
“Talent-wise,” Anderson said, “the team is growing because we are getting more kids each year and heart-wise we are very strong. It already takes a lot of heart to go out and run as fast as you can for 5k, but we also have it because we actually want to run.”
Second year head coach Gary Kirk motivates his team daily and provides experience, as the varsity girl’s track coach, with the players responding to the challenges.
The first year he helped Anderson and Wilson reach state for the third and second time, respectively. This year, Wilson once again made state while Anderson, seniors Landon Guiver and Luke St. Romain along with juniors Brandon Filgas, Austin Lay, Jeff Haffner and sophomore Alex White ran competitively at conference and regionals.
Throughout the year highlights included Wilson winning both the Lincoln Christian and Owasso meets, as well as the team finishing on a strong note at conference and regionals.
Though cross country season ended with the last competition, he added that “the team was insane. Everyone did an awesome job and I am glad about the year as a whole.”