More than a team

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null      Already showing early signs of success, the Warren Central boys cross country team is preparing for a successful end to their season.

      “I've been pleased with our progress this season. We have finished better at every meet this season compared to last year and are running faster overall as a team too,” head coach Sean O’Brien said.

      While they have been very successful so far, they do not believe they have reached their full potential. The team wants to go above expectations and surprise everyone.

      “The season has been going well, but I think we still have a lot left to offer,” senior Nathaniel Foreman said.

      The team is not only relying on their top runners from last year though, as they have some younger athletes who have come out and impressed the team.

      “We knew that our top 3 of Keith Bye, Zech Johnson and Joey Foreman were setting themselves up for good seasons throughout the summer, but Sebastian Galeana has been a pleasant surprise. His growth from last year to this year has been a big reason for our team's success,” O’Brien said.

      Junior Keith Bye was expected to have a good season, but has exceeded expectations and is currently the top runner on the team.

      “I worked hard everyday at practice for the past years to get to where I am currently,” said Bye.

      The team knows that in order to accomplish their goals this season, they cannot just run for themselves, but for each other as well.

      “The team has [improved] throughout the season by coming together like a family with the mindset that if you don't run to your potential then you are letting your brothers down,” sophomore Kevin Sasser said.

      They are a very close team who know that they need to believe and trust in each other to achieve their goals. They also know they will need to work extremely hard to get where they want to be.

      “Team chemistry is a big strength of our team. Nearly every week, the team has a spaghetti dinner at someone's house which helps to build unity among the team as well as just being a fun time before meet days. In addition to that, the athletes have all bought in and are working very hard to achieve their goals,” said O’Brien.

      The Warriors have set high expectations this season but believe they have the talent and depth to accomplish these goals. They are proud of their younger runners, who have brought depth to the team and know that they can step up if need be.

      “Our team goals for this season are to win both sectionals and regionals,” Foreman said.

      The athletes have grown immensely this year and are preparing for postseason, but they are planning to keep doing what they know how to do.

      “Since our first meet, the team's confidence has grown. Winning our division's race at Brown County helped the team to believe that they can achieve big things this year,” O’Brien said.