Ravenswood Cross Country Team

By: Jim Treacy Email
By: Jim Treacy Email

There's quite a view as you run along the Ohio River up in Jackson Co., West Virginia, where you're likely to see the Ravenswood cross country team putting in some serious miles in some serious heat.

But they have a goal with each step they take which is to continue quite a winning tradition.
"Meets are looked at as an over-exaggerated practice. You just give it your all everyday and that's all you can do," Dustin Mullins says.

This team has won the last seven state cross country titles where racing to eight straight is this year's motto.

"Seven straight. We're going for eight and I've been a part of three. The community's been behind us every year. We've been working hard this year. Probably harder than any other year," Bryan Canterbury says.

The team runs with a pack mentality which was quickly obvious after the first few minutes of their practice. This happens for a couple of reasons. One, so they can challenge each other as they run and two, sweating and suffering under this summer sun is best experienced together.

"People don't think that cross country is much of a team sport but we help each other out in meets so much....running off of each other. It's a great thing really," Mullins says.

They know that work they do in August should pay off come late October when the state meet finally rolls around.

And that's how this streak started years ago. Once they won that first one, excellence became contagious. At this pace, these Ravenswood runners aren't about to let the streak stop this fall.

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