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Back to School Issue: Cross Country Chases Their Goals

Both the girls’ and boys’ cross country teams have been dedicating lots of time an effort to prepare for their upcoming season. 
Photo Courtesy of Makayla Canino
Bryn White (’25) runs in the Rogers Park Golf Course Cross Country Meet during the 2022-2023 season.

While most teenagers spend their summers sleeping in, the cross-country team members have been getting up bright and early to practice. These runners have been meeting at Ballast Point Park daily since June 1 at 7:30 a.m. From there, they continue their run down Bayshore in the scorching heat.

Since cross-country is such a demanding sport, consistency is very important. The girls’ and boys’ teams have been running every day to build up their endurance and keep their minds and bodies in shape.

Although the current members are very diligent in their preparation for the season, physical obstacles are not the only ones they have to overcome. Both teams have grown pretty small due to runners who either left Robinson or stepped away from cross-country and are looking for potential new recruits who will be committed to the team.

“Our team is pretty small, so it’s important that we all stay healthy and injury-free,” said Bryn White (’25), Capitan of the Girls’ Cross Country Team.

While this is a challenge that both the girls and boys face, it is not the only challenge facing the boys’ team. On top of adjusting to new runners, they are still lacking a coach.

“I think it will be challenging for us to get used to an almost entirely new team… and potentially a new coach as well, depending on how things play out,” said Jack Wittmer, a senior member of the boys’ cross country team.

Despite being confronted with adversity, these teams refuse to let these challenges slow them down. Both teams have big goals for the upcoming season which they are determined to achieve, such as returning to the Florida High School Cross Country State Championships in Tallahassee at the end of the season. Additionally, the girls hope to compete for a district title and the top ten in the state.

The runners are optimistic about the upcoming season, hoping to achieve their goals despite losing many seniors last year.

“[I’m] looking forward to this team which has immense potential to set the tone for the next few seasons as there are no seniors,” said Mark Altimari, who is the head coach for the Girls’ team.

White shares Altimari’s sentiment, believing the largely underclassmen team has a great season ahead.

“I think our team will perform well this year. This is our rebuilding year and it’s already looking great for us. Our returning sophomores and incoming freshmen are strong and I have full faith that we are going to crush this season,” White added.

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Charlotte Stone, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Charlotte Stone is a senior at Robinson and the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Knight Writers. This is her third year on staff and her third year as an editor. A nod to her original editorial position as Features Editor, Stone enjoys writing in-depth stories about her peers. “My favorite part of journalism is writing features stories,” Stone said. “I love learning about and sharing the unique stories of Robinson students.” An involved member of the Robinson community, Stone co-founded the RHS Film Club and serves as Captain of the girl’s tennis team. As a lover of the classical period, Stone additionally serves as the co-president of the Latin Club. To balance out her academic responsibilities, Stone pursues an eclectic mix of hobbies. “One of my hobbies is collecting sea glass. I started when I was younger and my collection has continued to grow so much since then,” Stone said. “I also love to play guitar. It’s a great creative outlet and helps me relax and take a break from academic responsibilities.” While Stone is fond of the features section, her well-rounded portfolio reflects her wide range of interests. From writing an A&E review to a Q&A, Stone showcases her unique perspective to create insightful, in-depth and engaging stories. As Co-Editor-in-Chief, Stone hopes to build a capable staff to secure the legacy of Robinson’s storied publication. Going into her final year on staff, Stone begins to look to the future. “Honestly I don’t really know what the future looks like for me,” Stone said. I’m not sure what I want to do, but I hope that I’ll be doing something that I love and doesn’t have anything to do with STEM.” (Profile by Vikram Sambasivan)
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