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Viking team starting to mesh
August 21, 2013Huntington North High School
Viking team starting to mesh
By Justin Shockey firstname.lastname@example.org | Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Huntington North senior Charles Mettler races against former Viking runner Matt Ditzler at the MIB Challenge this summer. Mettler and other Viking runners will begin the fall season tonight at the DeKalb Invitational.
Heading into this season the Huntington North High School boys’ cross country team had some bonding to do.
Two weeks after team camp, and on the eve of his team’s opening scrimmage competition at the DeKalb Invitational, Viking boys’ cross country head coach Curtis Hines feels like his team has completed that bond.
“I’d say since we’ve got back from camp, things have been going really well,” Hines said. “Our senior leaders are doing a fantastic job, the guys have bought into what we’re trying to do and attitudes have improved. Our work ethic is good and we’re really in the zone right now. Everyone is healthy and excited so I’m pretty pleased right now.”
The Vikings will begin fall competition tonight at 5:30 p.m. on the road at the DeKalb Invitational. However, the Invitational is a non-competitive scrimmage style-invite. Hines said he feels like that type of invitational is essential to his team’s success in preseason preparation.
“We’ll run in the 5K but we won’t race the whole thing meaning we won’t be competing in the entire race,” Hines said. “We’ll be doing different things with different guys in order to just sharpen them up for Saturday.”
The DeKalb Invitational is basically a warm up for the Huntington North Invitational on Saturday at the Huntington University cross country course.
“We don’t want to race the 5K on Tuesday and then come out and race our home meet on Saturday exhausted,” Hines said. “The home meet is kind of important. Even though it’s the opening weekend of the season and it’s kind of early, we would still like to do well in our own home meet; especially when it’s the only one of the season.”
Hines said the DeKalb Invitational will give his team an opportunity to go out and see what other teams have been doing throughout the off season.
“It’s really good to see what everybody else is doing and it will give our first-year guys a chance to get the preseason jitters out in that environment rather than a full-regular season race,” Hines said. “There will be one race where all the varsity guys and junior varsity guys will run together. It’s a good opportunity for the younger guys to run alongside some of the veterans so that they can learn from them and see where they need to be. Now it just kind of boils down to how much better we can get between today and the end of the season.”
By taking it day-by-day, Hines and the Vikings will utilize tonight’s preseason meet to hit their peak heading into the Viking Invite on Saturday.
“We’ve got a group of guys who are doing really well right now,” Hines said. “It’s going to be interesting to see how we matchup with everyone at both meets.”