Cross Country Season a Success With Visit to State Championships


Members of the Cross Country team hold their trophy after finishing first at the District Meet. After qualigying at Regionals, they were able to compete at the State Championship at FSU.

Despite the burden of Covid-19 precautions, the 2020-2021 fall sports season was a positive one for student-athletes. Among the teams that had the most success was the girl’s cross country team led by Coach Erica Lazarus. The team made it to States by winning three meets, including districts, out of six. The team was guided by rigorous practices, perseverance, and teamwork. 

“The girls worked extremely well together, always encouraging each other and pushing each other to be their best,” said Coach Lazarus.

With athletes having to practice and compete amidst various local and state health guidelines, the traditionally long cross country season was significantly shortened. In addition, those races that did take place were noticeably different. 

“Due to Covid the meets were much smaller but the girls were just so happy to be able to race at all,” said Coach Lazarus.

This year’s squad featured many fantastic runners, including two standouts: eighth-grader Sydney Schiff and Junior Ali Brown.

“They trained well together and pushed each other at every practice. Ali truly was a great mentor for Sydney and helped support and guide her through the season,” said Coach Lazarus

The girls achieved their season goals while making memories that will last a lifetime.

“The best part of the season was watching the girls as they were waiting for the results to see if they qualified for States. When they heard Benjamin announced as a State qualifier they were jumping up and down and screaming; I was so happy for them,” noted Coach Lazarus. 

The team achieved success not just on the clock and podium, but off the course as well. “It was a great season and all the girls were so fun to work with. This is one of the best teams we have had in regards to character. The girls were all hard-working, positive, and supportive of each other, they displayed the true Benjamin Spirit,” said Coach Lazarus.

With many on the team making the transition to other sports and activities, they move forward with an eye on next year’s cross country season, especially as most plan on returning.

“I am hoping to massively improve my times and I hope that the team makes it to States again and that we win more of our meets,” eighth grade Sydney Schiff shares.

“My one goal for next year is to qualify for States again,” exclaims Junior Ali Brown.

Overall, the Lady Bucs had a great season, making it to States after again winning Districts; they look forward to continued success next year.