CHS sat down with assistant cross country coach Travis Pertner to reflect on the 2017 season.
Q: How do you think the team performed over the season?
A: The boys improved significantly as a team throughout the season.
Q: Who do you think were stand out players this year?
A: Luke Koopman, Havi Carroll. Luke finished out his career almost achieving All-State. Compared to where he started, he is our most improved runner of all-time. Havi was a pleasant surprise with all his times. I am excited what he can do as a junior and senior.
Q: How do you think the team has grown this year?
A: The program has grown in the sense that runners now realize that their success is almost totally dependant on their summer work.
Q: Which players do you think have grown the most this year?
A: Autumn Hancock, Luke Koopman, Gavin VanderKamp, and Austin Peters grew the most. These were our most improved athletes due to not only their summer commitment but their in-season work ethic.
Q: If you could reflect on this year, what would you have done differently? What would you have kept the same?
A: There is not much I would do differently other than maybe a few more PPM (pace per mile) workouts. In this workout runners start out as about as fast as they can go and try to recover and hold on in the rest of the race. This is how most XC races are run.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest loss this year?
A: Our biggest lost was not getting Luke Koopman All-State. I always blame myself when committed athletes fall short.
Q: What do you consider to be your biggest win this year?
A: Our biggest when was getting runners to realize that summer miles/workouts is so necessary to achieve personal and team goals.
Sophomore Havi Carroll also discussed his 2017 cross country season.
Q: What could you have done better in the off season to get better?
A: I could have ran a lot more miles during the summer and just worked out.
Q: Did you enjoy your season?
A: Yes it was a lot of fun being a leader and being on this team.
Q:Do you feel like you could have placed any better amongst other runners?
A: Yes, but they were really good, and maybe next year.
Q: How do you feel about not placing in state?
A: It sucks, but it’s motivation to work harder next season.
Q: Do you have any regrets on this season?
A: No, Not really.
Q:Do you have any expectations for next year?
A: Yeah, I want to be one of the best and a big leader on the team.