The Brady Eagles cross country teams strode out in competition Sept. 16 when they traveled to the Arapahoe Invitational.

Both the boys’ and girls’ teams had competitors who finished high at the meet, including three runners who brought home some hardware.

Jayden Tillman placed 13th, crossing the line in 22:08 for the Eagle boys while Jocelyn Franzen finished fifth and Ava McGown sixth in the girls’ race

Eagles head cross country coach Stephanie Wolf said that the placement of her runners certainly helped the competitors to feel more assurance in their abilities as they move forward in the season.

“I feel that the high finishes for the teams will give the kids the confidence that they can go out and achieve their goals no matter the course,” she said. “They just have to work hard and leave it on the course.”

Wolf continued to say that at the conclusion of each meet, the runners look at their times and the team has different discussions on how they can improve in the next meet and where they could be running.

The Eagles are preparing for a couple of big meets coming up.

First will be the Maywood-Hayes Center Invitational on Sept. 23, followed by the UNK Invitational at Kearney on Sept. 27 and the Gothenburg Invitational on Sept. 30.

As the runners get ready to take on these meets, Wolf said she is keeping her message consistent in making self-care for her runners a priority.

“I am constantly reminding them to eat healthy, drink plenty of water and get plenty of sleep,” she said. “Making sure they do these things will ensure they stay healthy so they can continue to compete.”

Of the meets that are coming up in the immediate week, the Eagles coach said that the UNK Invitational is a tremendous way for the runners to get a taste of where they are in their NSAA class.

“We want them all to be prepared for the UNK Invite because it's a great way to see how they are performing against our own class of runners,” she said.

The approach to that meet is simple.

“I tell them to just stay focused and run the race that you can,” Wolf said.

The Eagles travel to Maywood-Hayes Center on Sept. 23 for a 4:30 meet at Hayes Center High School.

Then on Sept. 27, the Eagles take on the field at the UNK Invitational. The Class D races will begin at 1 p.m.

Contact Rebecca Steward at rebecca@gothenburgleader.com or call 308.537.9498