Path To The Podium: Columbus Girls Take 4th In Class 3A

The 3A girls race which saw Columbus make it onto the podium in 4th place

Path to the Podium: Columbus Girls

By Andy Christie

Everyone sees the smiling faces when a team is up on the podium at State, but not everyone sees what it took to get there. In this article, we find out from Coach Danielle McCoy what it took for the Columbus girls to finish in 4th place in Class 3A.

XC 2021

Any seniors that set a good example or laid the foundation?

The seniors message to the underclassmen was to have fun and to be dedicated

Any results that gave motivation (good or bad)

At state we finished 5th; this was motivating because everyone that competed at state was returning. I knew that our future was bright!

Winter 2021

Anyone that stepped up their training with XC already in mind

Some of the runners added weight training to their schedule to get stronger for the upcoming season while some registered for running camps.

Mindset of the non-seniors

They were really excited for the upcoming season!

Track 2022

Anyone that was already expected to contribute, but still had a good season

Three xc girls that competed at state also run track (Layla Albright, Mya Thomas, and Charlotte Young). Two of them also competed at State for track (Layla - 3200, 800, 4x8 & Mya - 4x8). These runners were expected to contribute and had good seasons respectively.

Summer 2022

Any new additions that changed the outlook for XC

Over the summer we had a transfer student (Alyna Gilbert) and freshman (Gabby Ware) that came out that changed the outlook for the upcoming season.

Early goals for the season

Stay healthy and build a positive team environment

How the team handled summer training

summer training was handled well, everyone came in with the mindset to excel at State

Any setbacks/challenges that had to be overcome?

The biggest challenge with summer training was getting everyone there with family vacations and academic obligations

Season 2022

Anyone that had a breakout season that changed the outlook

No, everyone competed to and exceeded my expectations

How early results compared to any goals

The early results showed that this team is special with great things to come!

Any setbacks/challenges that had to be overcome?

Injuries and illness were definitely a setback for us this season

In hindsight, key moments of the season that led to the State result

I think the key moment for the season was the support that the team had for each other. When a runner was injured their teammates rallied around them. Even when they weren't able to compete/practice an injured runner would still come to practice/meets to support their teammates and the encouragement was felt from everyone.