By Jett Johnson
Assistant Sports Editor
The Trevecca cross-country team started their season finishing in second place at the inaugural Michael Pretorius Invitational.
Senior Cameren Warner (26:15.2) completed the best time for the men’s team.
Junior Samantha Roberts (20:52.4) completed the best time for the women’s team.
Warner and Roberts are both upperclassmen, a group that head coach Austin Selby thinks will be valuable to the team this year.
“The returning runners have done a great job in welcoming them in and making them feel like they have been here for years,” said Selby.
They had a great preseason process, according to Selby.
“It has been great. Most of our team ran more miles this summer than they ever had. The men are in pretty good health to start the season, with a few of the women dealing with some minor issues that should flesh out by the end of the season,” said Selby.
Selby has seen some key improvements this season compared to the prior.
“I’m seeing a higher level of commitment to things outside of practice that are going to make them more than competitive runners. They’re making sure they’re sleeping and eating well in addition to making sure they are taking good care of their bodies,” said Selby.
Selby has clear goals for the team’s success this year.
“We want to be in the top half of the conference at the conference championships and be in the top 20 of the region at the regional championship,” said Selby.
The goals of the team are not all within competition. Some are in the classroom as well.
“A goal outside of competition is for our team to improve upon their already stellar GPA and to continue to forge the close friendships they already have with each other,” said Selby.