Six Wildcats qualify for 5A cross-country sectional meetPublished 7:51pm Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Six Benjamin Russell cross country runners will compete for the opportunity to represent BRHS at the Class 5A state championships. Dillion Dean, Dee Tuggle, Bennett Bice, Bradley Stewart, Amanda Vickers and Miranda Roberts all qualified to compete in the Class 5A sectional meets, which take place Thursday at Hewitt-Trussville High School.
“Truly, all of them are capable of making it to the state championships,” said BRHS cross country coach Michelle Tuggle. “It just depends on the mindset and the day. But I think we can definitely do it.”
Dean, a sophomore, is the defending sectionals champion. M. Tuggle is expecting big things from the runner, who finished last season as the No. 17 runner in Class 5A.
“Dillion is a definite contender to finish No. 1 in the state by the time he’s a senior,” M. Tuggle said.
According to M. Tuggle, the season thus far has been one of consistent progress for the team and that the runners could peak during sectionals.
“All of our girls are coming in between 25-30 minutes on their cross-country runs, and our boys are coming in between 17-25 minutes,” M. Tuggle said. “We set a goal to bring our times down over the course of the season. Every runner on the team has gotten faster with every meet, which is exactly what we want them to do. Hopefully, their best run is Thursday.”
M. Tuggle said that the team knows to expect a challenge, and added that they are more than ready to meet it.
“It’s definitely a tough challenge, but their hearts are in it, and that’s what you want,” M. Tuggle said.
While the runners are confident, M. Tuggle said she hopes to see every single team member make it to state, citing the runners’ exceptional work ethic during the year.
“I’m nervous, mostly because I want them all to make it,” she said. “The team has worked so hard. They’ve nursed injuries, they’ve battled through heat, and they are always finishing strong. They run so hard that they come into the finish line with agony on their faces. It takes determination and dedication, and that’s what these kids have. So, I think they’ve got an awesome chance.”
The Outlook will have a report on the Wildcats’ outing at Hewitt-Trussville as soon as information is made available.