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North Platte Cross Country reaping benefits of summer training

Runner were challenged to run 150 miles over course of summer
Published: Sep. 2, 2020 at 7:24 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -

This past summer, North Platte Cross Country head coach Jake Hasenauer had a challenge for his runners; run 150 miles over the course of about forty days.

“I challenge each kid to run at least 150 miles over the summer, which takes place by running about forty days or so over the summer,” said Hasenauer.

The team stepped up to the challenge, running over 7,000 miles as a team and used it to motivate one another, while also setting goals for the upcoming season.

“I think we all really pushed each other hard over the summer, we took a lot of our goals from last year and definitely put them on for this year,” said senior Isabella Whitney.

Some of the runners for North Platte are already seeing the benefits from pushing one another over the past few months, as Baylee Everts and Jonah San Miguel set personal records in their first race of the season on Saturday at Iron Eagle.

“I definitely say it paid off, I already actually beat my own PR at the first meet, so I think that’s pretty exciting,” said Everts.

Jonah San Miguel said head coach Hasenauer told him the summer training would pay off.

“He said the summer running really helps and coming in for the first meet and PR’ing by thirty seconds, he was right like usual.”

Senior runner Tom Moss is excited to see what is in store this season for the team after a long lay-off from competitive running.

“This past weekend it was new for all of us it felt like, we haven’t raced in however long and so it was just crazy to finally get out and race,” said Moss.

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