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Cross Country is a very popular sport in Coral Springs. Everyday, very dedicated athletes participate in demanding running workouts to improve their time over a 3.1 mile course. They may run ten miles in a single workout or complete shorter runs at a higher speed. Some teams even train on local hills. Kate Hearn, the coach of the Coral Springs Charter Cross Country team believes it takes commitment and mental toughness to succeed in cross country. “It takes mental toughness and a lot of commitment. We do cross fit training and long distance runs,” said Hearn.

Austin Shook, the top runner on the Coral Springs Charter boy’s team said, “It takes a lot of dedication and hard work to be a good runner. We run a lot of miles every day,” he said. “I do a lot of training on my own. It relaxes me and relieves stress.”

Jodi Medina, captain of the Coral Springs Charter Girls team said, “This is a good way to stay in shape. I have been running all four years of high school. I like being a part of the team,” she said. Medina also plays on the school’s soccer team.

Michel Normil, the top runner on the J.P. Taravella Boy’s Cross Country team said, “It takes discipline and hard work to be successful in cross country. You have to work hard to be successful,” he said.

Emmanuella Michel, captain of the J.P. Taravella Girl’s team said, “It takes a lot of dedication and practice to do well in cross country.”

Irwin Goldberg, the J.P. Taravella cross country coach said, “It takes commitment and dedication to do well in cross country. These are athletes who want to have better times and accomplish all they can,” he said.

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