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8 Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 THE JOURNAL COACH PAUL KOEPFINGER durance that we could not get from ' being outside" Typically the other teams prove to Once the racing season began, be the challenge to a team; however, things didn't change for the Foxes. the weather has become the greatest The Foxes first meet at the Chancellor opponent of the King George high Invitational was threatened by pos- school cross country team, beginning sible storms, and had some very high with the intense heat of August and humidity. The men's team finished continuing with the multiple days of 11th of 19 schools, while the women rain in September. were 10th of 23 teams, with Aubrey "With the school year starting a Wingeart leading the team with a 7th couple of weeks earlier this year, if place finish overall at 20:24. "It was forced us to move from our normal clear that we did not have the endur- morning practices in August to mid- ance we wanted to have coming in afternoon practices in the peak of the to the meet; and then humidity just heat", coach Paul Koepfinger said. made it that much more'difficult. But In August, the team typically would we finished about where we expected practice in the early morning before to and raced tough against some 5A the temperatures rose above 80; but and 6A teams", said Koepfinger once school started, practice moved A week later the Foxes traveled to to the afternoon and the tempera- the FUMA Invitational where the tures could reach as much as 106 with temperatures exceeded 103 degrees. the heat index. "We had to adapt and The men's team was 17th of 23 teams changed our plans", said Koepfinger. and the Lady Foxes finished ninth of The team began to have workouts 19 schools. The race even featured a indoors on the hot days, limiting the middle school race that enabled the amount of distance they could run. Foxes to bring several of their eighth- "This put us behind on our mileage, graders, where Alex Dachos was fifth but we added a good deal of Crossfit- overall. "This was a difficult race be- type conditioning to help us build the cause the temperatures rose quickly muscle structure, strength and en- and the race management began to Aubrey Winegart, above, and recently. Photos courtesy of King George Cross Country Alex Dachos have run well for the Foxes shorten some of the races; at times right in the middle of the race. It's hard enough to run in heat like that, but to change the course during the race is a huge mental challenge. Our athletes handled it well though, and we are very proud of Alex's accom- plishment" said Koepfinger. In mid-September the team trav- eled to Spotsylvania for a dual meet. As they exited the bus thei~ was a steady rainfall. The course was a modified course because of construc- tion at the school so it ended up being longer than a usual course, and very muddy. At times there were spots where a runner's foot would sink into the ground. The women's team won easily, nearly posting a shutout, but the men fell short in a close race, los- ing 23-33. Since then, the Foxes have had their next two races canceled because of the recent rainstorms the past week; one at home versus Caroline and the other an Invitational. Coach Koepfinger stated "we have been here before; last season we had races at this time of year canceled because of a tropical storm. This is nothing new for us:' However the coach was a bit disappointed. "We were really look- ing forward to these races to see how we had progressed. 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PATTY KELLY LONG Westmoreland County Public Schools Almost 1,000 Westmoreland County Public Schools' students were treated to a performance by na- tionally known illusionist and youth speaker, Bryan Drake last week. Vis- iting Washington & Lee High School, Montross Middle School, Cople Elementary School and Washing- ton District Elementary School, Mr. Drake spoke on topics such as Risky Behavior, Bullying, Right Choices, and Respect. In addition to his message, Mr. Drake dazzled his young audiences with card tricks, a floating table, stu- dent participation in a cell phone "trick" and other "mind" games. The students were enraptured by his presence and his magical work. Mr. Drake is from Mobile, Alabama. His wife, Karla, joins him on many of his performances and she and their baby daughter were present at Washing- ton & Lee High School. Mr. Drake's performance was made possible through the gener- osity of Oak Grove .Baptist Church. Their pastor, Randall Snipes, offered the programs to WMLCPS schools as part of the church's youth outreach division. Westmoreland County Public Schools is proud to have Oak Grove Baptist Church as an educa- tional partner to our school district. Call Lori at all your Illusionist Bryan Drake visited Westmoreland Above, Drake entertains at W&L High School. tom, studnts enjoyed the show. County Public Below, Drake Photos courtesy of Westmoreland County Public Schools Schools with help from Oak Grove Baptist Church. performed at Colble Elementary School as welL Bot- You For " .' Shaw "Optimum" ARMSTRONG short nylon plush VINYL FLOORINGI Startingat @ $1.65 sq. ft. 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