Boone tries to instill a running
New Eudora High cross country coach Paul Boone started the season with a week of training a cross country camp perhaps never before seen in these parts.
Everyday for a week the team would run in various areas, such as three miles up and down Lawrence's Massachusetts Street and other running trails in Lawrence.
Where they ran wasn't important. The point was getting them to run.
"My goal with this camp was to get the kids to start thinking about running in the offseason," Boone said. "It's tough to get stuff done in 11 weeks."
Overall the camp was a success, according to the new coach, who takes over for Dave Durkin. Boone was pleased with the attitudes and also thought is was fun.
Boone is excited about the season. With 19 runners out this year and six seniors to lead the team, his goals are high.
The seniors are Ben Thomas, Wendi Burke, Jay Pewenofkit, Daniel Chrislip, Carolyn Jones, Trevor O'Grady, and Shawn Mullis.
"Seniors are the heart of the team," Boone said. "They make it or break it," he says.
The entire girls team is returning from a year ago, while the boys team has all but one runner Cyrus Hall in tact from last season.
"Last year the boys qualified for state and with a strong base I think we could go again," Boone said.
Durkin recently retired, after coaching with Boone for 12 years. He will still coach track and is spending the fall getting accustomed to his new position as athletic director at Eudora Middle School. In a pinch, Boone will still call upon Durkin for a little advice.
"He is a good friend and I always enjoy his company, he's so up beat," Boone says. "He taught me everything I know and he will be really missed."
With conditioning on the rise, Boone has spend a lot of time during practice working with his runners on the mental aspects of distance running.
"Do something better everyday, and get after it on the roads," Boone said.