The Parkway West Longhorns boys cross-country team is gradually wrapping up -- but not slowing down -- for the season.
Ballwin-Ellisville Patch asked Head Boys Cross-Country Coach Kevin John five quick questions about the team, their competitors and their season.
Patch: What has been the team's biggest accomplishment so far this season?
Parkway West Head Boys Cross-Country Coach Kevin John: The way this team manages difficult workouts is one of the biggest accomplishments. They rely on each other to get through it together and push themselves harder than they thought they could. From a performance standpoint, it is always a big goal to win the Parkway Quad. I was thrilled the boys were able to do that earlier this season.
Patch: Who are the team's biggest competitors?
John: Teams like Kirkwood, Lafayette, Marquette, Eureka and De Smet are teams we race a lot. They are all good programs so that gives us a chance to see how we stack up. It is both tough to compete against them and enjoyable to compete with them.
Patch: Describe the team in three words.
John: Eccentric, spirited, loyal
Patch: How has the team improved from first practice to now?
John: We are beginning to race more as a team. The spread from our No. 1-5 runners is getting smaller at the right time of the year. The guys are gaining more strength in the late stages of races. They are taking pride in not giving away any points in the final stretch. We are raising our expectations of what we are capable of.
Patch: What are you still looking forward to this season?
John: I am looking forward to competing for the Suburban South Conference Championship. I am also looking forward to the opportunity to compete for the right to run in the State Championship meet. The District and Sectional meets are shaping up to be very competitive with any number of teams capable of qualifying for State. Finally, I am especially looking forward to seeing the hard work all of my guys have put in pay off with them running faster than they ever have before.
The next race for the Longhorns is in the Suburban South Conference Meet Oct. 6.