Photo by Sharon Jaketic

The women’s cross country team posed for a picture at Hollywood Studios during its meet at Disney World on Oct. 10, where the team came in 12th out of the 34 competitors.


October 6, 2015

Cross country team competes at Disney

By Maria Ivanov

Cleveland State’s Women’s Cross Country team went to Disney World to compete in the “ESPN Wide World of Sports” Saturday, Oct. 10.

The meet, featuring 34 teams, took place at the 220-acre Wide World of Sports Complex on the Disney property. The Vikings finished in 12th place during the one-day meet.

When the team arrived in Florida they did a three-mile run in preparation for the competition.
Senior Megan O’Keefe discussed the running conditions.

“It was a lot harder to run in these conditions because it’s not something we are used to,” O’Keefe said.
After completing the 5K meet, teammate Ashlyn Woods did a somersault over the finish line, according to O’Keefe.

To afford the trip, the Woman’s Cross Country team participates in various fundraisers, including working for other Viking teams to raise the money they need.

Their goal as a team is to make the trip every three years.

“We [run and shag] balls for the soccer games and sweep the floors for the basketball games,” O’Keefe said.

While in Disney World, the team was able to visit the Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios theme parks.

They were also able to have some relaxing downtime in pool at the hotel the where they stayed for the three-day trip.

Junior Sarah Mallow described the team’s preparation for the meet.

“We treated it like any other meet,” Mallow said.

O’Keefe’s most memorable moment was hearing Mallow scream on all the rides.

“I do not usually go on roller coasters and they made me go on all the rides,” Mallow said. “Our team got to bond so much.”

The team has improved and will continue to do so throughout the season, according to O’Keefe.

“Everyone seems to be improving every meet,” O’Keefe said. “Our team is closer this year than in the past. I love my team.”

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