by Becky Kimbrell-Norris
GARNER — Michael Grether’s girls and boys cross country teams at Rolesville High School are making strides towards becoming competitive in their inaugural season.
The squad is running, getting faster and improving their times, according to Grether.
“We now have 16 athletes who have completed 5ks, and 95 percent of those had never attempted one before this fall," Grether said.
“Each week, their times keep improving,” he added. “Four athletes have dropped four minutes or more off of their times in the last two weeks.”
Freshman Stephen Strong, one of the Rams most consistent runners, started the season with a time of 22:14.
On September 18 during a Greater River Neuse Conference 5K meet at Garner High School, Strong crossed the finish line and set a new school record, running the course in 18:23.
For the girls, Victoria Despres ran her first 5K race of the season in 26:22 and increased her time to 22:40 at the Garner meet.
“Our runners are really working hard,” Grether said.
Four other Rolesville High boys ran under 25:00 minutes in Garner.
Alex Dickoff posted a time of 22:08 and Trevor Benton was close behind, finishing in 22:15.
Matthew Mims ran the course in 22:26, followed by Rusty Black, who had a time of 24:12.
The Rams will compete at home at Rolesville High School in another conference meet on Wednesday, October. 2.