Lansing cross country at home today
To this point in the season, Lansing High cross country coach has been pleased with the effort his runners have put forth, but he said one thing still needs to change.
The kids know how to run, but some of them still don't know how to race. And, Logue will have you know, there is a huge difference between running and racing.
"My freshman boys have got to learn to race," Logue said of his youth-dominated squad. "I'm going to have to get a little rough with them in practice. They've got to learn how to race. We've got to work on that. You've got to have some guts."
It takes time for new cross country runners to adjust to handling the load of running a longer distance. Then there is another adjustment period as runners learn to push themselves beyond their threshold of pain and develop as competitors.
Logue said his younger runners have the first part down. Now it's time to move on to phase two.
"You've got to get some guts," he said. "You can't just sit there and let people go around you the last half-mile. Regardless of where you finish, you've got to have some guts."
It took some time, but sophomore Griffin Davis, the varsity boys' top runner, has shown his guts during the last two races. He pushed himself through pain at the Rim Rock Farm Invitational in Lawrence two weeks ago and then set a new personal record on Thursday when he ran the five-kilometer race at the Tonganoxie Invitational in 18:47.
"When I got done, that was the first time I've ever been so dizzy," Davis said of the race at Tonganoxie. "I've hurt before after I ran, but when I was done I was so dizzy. I really felt it."
Logue expects to see some serious racing from his squad at 4 p.m. today when the Lions play host to the Lansing Invitational at the University of St. Mary. The meet will consist of 12 schools. The competition won't be quite as tough as it was at Tonganoxie, but the course will be more difficult.
"There are a few more hills on our course," Logue said.
After today's meet, the Lions will next compete at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Bishop Miege.