Broad Runners Take On a New Season

Runners in the Loudoun County meet. Photo Credit: Sydney Avakian

The 2019 Broad Run High School Cross Country team is off to a great start. They have been training since the summer and have been working hard to achieve their goals and get better as runners.

“Some goals we want to accomplish as a team is developing a sense of unity as well as accountability. We want the runners to come together and work for a common purpose in being the best that can be. In addition, we want the team to work hard together by supportive, compassionate, and respectful to not only their teammates but others as well,” Coach Lauren Brewer said. 

These team goals help the team get better as a whole, but individual runners set goals for themselves too. 

“When it comes to each runner, we want them to run to their highest potential while putting forth their best effort to achieve the goals that not only we have set for them but they have set for themselves,” Brewer said.

To fulfill these goals, it requires lots of work, commitment, and time.

“The runners put in the work and effort at practice every day. They push not only themselves but their teammates as well. The runners on this team go above and beyond what is asked of them and it shows during the meets when they are setting personal records, getting their season best, and supporting their teammates,” Brewer said. 

Their last meet was the Loudoun County Championships held at Rock RIdge High School. This is a special meet because all the Cross Country teams all across the county participated together.

“This was one of our favorites meets because we love participating with all the different schools,” Brewer said.

Overall, the team had a successful meet, with some stand out performances like Ziyad Hassan (16:45.7 – placed 10th for varsity), Ellie Desmond (18:39.4 – placed 1st varsity), Grace Campiti (24:10.6 – placed 7th for JV), and Virit Choksi (24:48 – placed 13th for JV).

“As a coaching staff, we are excited to see all the runners on the cross country team do their best and improve over the season,” Brewer said.