Fall Creek cross country conquering hill repeats

By: Jenn Chapman Email
By: Jenn Chapman Email

"It's a team building activity. It helps them push and pull. It helps them with hill technique, it's a do or die type workout," says Fall Creek cross country Lana Leonard.

Halls Hill is a known workout in the Cricket cross country community, an annual tradition dating back to 1994. The challenge: conquer the 350meter hills as you can.

"A lot of them will try to up the people from last year. And then others will just be, I don't know if I can do it but once they start it's a big satisfaction for them," adds Leonard.

"It let's you know that you can do it and that's the mentality that you have to have in races cause it's gonna hurt, it's gonna get tough at some point, so it's good to have this mental workout as much as physical," says coach Scott Hayden.

Alright, after doing just one of those, I can attest that Fall Creek Crickets will be able to conquer any cross country course out there...wow, that was tough.

Assistant coach Scott Hayden has won the major road races in Eau Claire this year, but it's the Fall Creek athletes that are impressing him.

"The most amazing thing is how much talent is at at Division 3 school, a school of, I think under 300 kids. To have as many kids as we have with as much talent as we have is just crazy. But it's also not because you get a little more one on one time with them. You get to coach them more as an individual," adds Hayden.

The guys team is led by three seniors and the girls team poses a major threat to their competition

"They're a lot more mature this year, they kind of understand racing and stuff, so we're really excited to see where they go. They should place really high in the conference, and sectional and hopefully go to state," says Leonard.

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