CHICKASHA – Nearing an end to the Drovers second season of cross country, freshman Elias Poolaw said the team, riddled with injuries, is just taking it one step at a time.
“The season’s been going good,” he said. “We’ve been taking it a meet at a time, and just taking it here and there.”
In Poolaw’s most recent race, he set a personal best, beating out his previous 8-kilometer time by just seconds. He said the reason had a lot to do with how familiar he was with the course.
“Just knowing the course more, taking a walk around the course with the team and just getting a view of it,” he said. “It just gives you more of a feeling that you knew where you needed to go and you knew where you needed to run.”
Poolaw joined the cross country a few years ago in high school. He said the more he gets into the sport, the harder he works and the more serious he becomes about improving.
“Ever since high school once I joined in my sophomore year, I’ve just kind of constantly been trying going at it,” he said. “And trying my best and working harder and harder and getting more serious about it.”
The Drovers have just one meet, the Sooner Athletic Conference Championship at Oklahoma Baptist. The race is set for Nov. 9.