COVID-19 has impacted many aspects of life at Dana, and sports have not been immune. The girl’s cross country team has been presented with even more bad news with the recent announcement of the cancellation of the CIF championships. The team captain, senior Madison O’Kane, has been working to push the team through this slump. She explains that she was also disappointed when she heard the news, but added that “the only thing my team and I can do is to keep a positive mindset and keep on grinding for the future.”
the only thing my team and I can do is to keep a positive mindset and keep on grinding for the futureE
O’Kane started on the team as a freshman, and has been a part of it ever since. She mentions that she first joined cross country “as a way for [her] to make some new friends, and honestly to get out of PE.” Further elaborating on her humble beginnings, O’Kane adds, “I actually started off as the slowest runner on the team my first year, but I have worked my way up through hard work and determination, eventually making the varsity team.” O’Kane adds that she is happy she stuck with it, as she has “fallen in love with the sport as well as the girls that are a part of this team.” O’Kane became a team captain early this year, and she admits that the current circumstances have dramatically impacted the season: “After COVID-19 took away our track season, we kept training for the Cross Country season in Fall. We have been running consistently since June and we don’t plan on stopping until we start competing.”
The team has been training through COVID-19 and they have been getting stronger and faster despite the circumstances with the hope that they may compete in the future. O’Kane comments, “Despite covid-19 taking away CIF, we look forward to possible dual meets against our rival schools.” O’Kane adds that there may be a silver lining to this dark cloud, as the team has been given time to focus solely on bonding: “Since we aren’t currently competing, it gives us more time to connect with each other, therefore, making us an ultimately stronger and closer team.”
Despite covid-19 taking away CIF, we look forward to possible dual meets against our rival schools
O’Kane is hopeful for the future of the team. Although she is sad about the year she missed out on, she says she knows that “these girls next year will blow everyone away and leave them in the dust. This team is working hard to be the best and [she] knows [they] will be.” Lastly, O’Kane exclaimed, “Hey Dana Girls Cross Country team! Who’s got it better than we do? NO ONE!”
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