Mustangs ready to run cross country courses
Wikipedia describes a mustang as a “free-roaming horse that is very hardy and a living symbol of the pioneer spirit of the West.” The Prairie City-Monroe cross country team will certainly attempt to channel its inner-mustang when the season begins this August.
The Mustangs were well represented at the state track championships in May, and they are hoping that success on the track will translate to some longer distance races this Fall. The success of some of the athletes on the track will no doubt translate to the distance events, but what is probably most remarkable about the program is its growth. The year prior to head coach Eric Karr taking over the program, there were seven distance runners for the Mustangs. Last year, that number grew to 17, and this year Karr is expecting around 30.
“That's been the biggest thing as far as I'm concerned,” Karr said of the program's growth. “The time I've spent at the middle school teaching has allowed me to build some interest in the program. It's all about having fun and interacting with the kids, and with the athletes PCM has, there's no reason we can't turn an appearance at state a yearly tradition.”
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