ESSEX – Essex High School will have a cross country team this fall.

2013 Essex graduate Jasmine Glasgo is the coach and said now that the team has been approved for this fall they need more athletes. She is working on getting the word out to the current students saying cross country is more than running.

“It’s working as a team,” said Glasgo, “and it’s more of a mental sport. My mindset running cross country changed to being more positive and having fun.”

Glasgo ran cross country during her high school days when Essex shared the sport with Shenandoah. She went on to run collegiately at Morningside.

This week is the first week of fall practices for all sports in the state. Glasgo had two high school athletes take part in practice, Tuesday, Aug. 13. Glasgo hopes that total can increase by a significant margin by the time school starts.

Glasgo is back at Essex as a middle school teacher this year. She encourages the current middle school and high school students to give the sport a try.

“Just try it out,” Glasgo said about cross country, “it might be something you’re good

at.”

She added no one can know if they like or don’t like the sport unless they give it a try.

Essex’s first of six regular season meets this fall will be, Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Clarinda.

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