As of Thursday, October 26, 2017
Grangeville’s Adam Wonnacott qualified for the state cross-country meet last year, and this past week qualified to run the 3.1 mile race at state once again.
But in between, he’s taken on a challenge few cross-country runners try: he’s also an offensive lineman with the playoff-bound Bulldogs football team.
“I didn’t get to go to too many cross-country meets, but I guess I went to enough,” he said. “I caught rides, whether it was with Troy or Cottonwood, and I run on my own when I can.”
His time at the district race — 17:55 — wasn’t close to the PR 16:59 he established last fall. But in an increasingly thin district field, it was enough to secure him a trip to the state meet at Eagle Island State Park next Saturday.
“I haven’t had the coach or the teammate to push me that I did last year,” he said.
Grangeville plays Melba at 7 p.m. the night before.
It won’t be the first time Wonnacott has run the day after playing a football game — and he has met the challenge of competing at football — and as an offensive lineman, no less.
“Our nickname is Team Beef,” he said. “I don’t know why, but it has stuck. We’ve gotten really close to each other. We have team dinners, but aside from team dinners we also have Team Beef dinners, where it’s just offensive and defensive line.”
They stick together on the field as well. But it’s not quite the same as running a race: “There are times when no one sees you coming and you get to lay them out,” he said. “That’s really fun, but I can’t do that in cross-country. But that’s fun, too. I get the best of both worlds.”
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