Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

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Maddi Hanks, Editor

MATTHEWS, NC- The varsity cross-country team at Carmel Christian is in the middle of its season and is preparing to compete in states at the end of October. Leading CCS’ largest team with 39 runners are the five captains: senior Aidan Ezzell, senior Evan McAndrews, junior John McCulloch, junior Mary Benton, and junior Caroline Martino.

Junior co-captain Caroline Martino has been on the team for two years and leads the girls with a 6:37 mile time. “The cross country team is a safe and encouraging environment for all of our very large team. I’m very thankful to be a leader on this team and watch people grow in many ways,” said Caroline.

Coronavirus has not impacted cross-country as much as it has for others, but it has left them unable to compete in meets. “We are blessed with a larger team, but it hurts us because we don’t have access to the meets that others may go to because our numbers are so big. The differences this year aren’t that bad, but it’s hard to find events because others have fear of the virus,” said Head Coach Menendez.

Cross country is a family. Every team member exemplifies Christ so maturely. Each individual is amazing in their own way. Whether you finish first or last you will never walk out feeling like a failure”

— Mary Benton

Senior co-captain Aidan Ezzell has been on the team for three years and has built strong relationships with the coaches.  “Coach Menendez is an incredible mother figure, has built personal relationships with everyone on the team and directly reaches out to you on and off season. My coaches improve my running by constantly pushing me and building personal relationships to make me want to improve, ” said Aidan.

The bond that this team has is very special and leaves every member feeling valued. “Cross country is a family. Every team member exemplifies Christ so maturely. Each individual is amazing in their own way. Whether you finish first or last you will never walk out feeling like a failure,” said junior co-captain Mary Benton.

Cross-country is a unique sport because runners work alongside their teammates to get the lowest time possible.  Cross- country is an individual sport that needs a team to get their scores they need.

The team finished sixth at the states meet last year. “We are hoping to improve our ranking this year,” said Coach Menendez.

Whether the team wins or loses it is a uplifting experience for all those involved. The relationships that have been formed within the team are more important than their times.