As of Thursday, September 21, 2017
Grangeville sophomore Adam Wonnacott ran among the top-six small school runners in Clarkston last weekend, and that got him some plaudits from coach Jim Suhr.
For Wonnacott, running has been a lifelong endeavor, but just his second cross-country race.
“Some people call me crazy for running,” he said. “It’s something I can enjoy doing and do whenever I want.”
This weekend, his chosen path involves racing with 3,800 athletes representing 128 high schools from nine states at the Bob Firman invitational to be held Saturday at Eagle Island State Park in Boise.
Before that, Wonnacott and teammate Justin Detweiler will run at Moscow’s Bob Weisel Invitational.
Running just requires “determination and self-discipline toward it,” Wonnacott said. “There’s also thinking to it. At the beginning of a race, before the race starts, you’ll go see a course for where you can make your moves. You have to know your pace and where to save energy and where to go full-out.”
Cross-country tactics usually focus on how the runners attack the hills, especially toward the end of the course.
“That’s where you put your heart out,” he said. “At the top, there’s always going to be a downhill.”
There’s a lot to learn when it comes to pace, and the Bulldogs are learning to hold their own.
“My first race, say eighth grade track, I would focus on finding the best runner and staying with them,” he said. “You learn the runners, who they are, and you see them at every race.”
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