Don’t let their water balloon fights fool you.
The Badger and Lady Badger Cross Country teams began practice early in the morning a month ago with a hard workout followed by a fun-filled water balloon fight to cool down. But their focus is very much on the races ahead and competing in a new district.
“Our team expectations are to get stronger every week and be able to compete to the best of our ability,” Coach Jennifer Card said.
The teams have already competed in a pair of practice meets at both Yoakum and Gonzales.
The UIL realignment places KCHS teams – except for Football – in District 28-2A along with Hallettsville, Luling, Nixon-Smiley, Poth, Schulenburg and Stockdale.
Coach Card is excited about having about 30 runners this year, many of them freshmen and sophomores.
“We will be able to field a JV and Varsity for both the girls and the boys,” she said. “They are a hard working, but young group. The younger runners really look up to and are motivated by few veterans we have in the group. They really motivate and push each other in practice.”
Seniors include Rodney Foreman, Hailey Johnson, Dominique Garcez and Courtney Garcez. Returning Sophomores Kristina Sauceda and Clara Gotthardt competed at regional last year.
“Everyday in practice is a competition,” Card added. “No matter what the workout is, each one is competing with the other runners. Cross Country is an individual as well as team sport. When they get stronger as individuals, it makes our team stronger as well.”