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MiKayla Beckwith, Opinion Editor

On August 28th, a Staples High School female cross-country runner was struck by a mini-van while running a designated route during practice. The cross-country runners of Norwalk High School may possibly be putting their own health at risk by partaking in their scheduled practices.

Since the start of the cross-country program at NHS, the runners have practiced both on the track and outside of the school’s grounds. Since the accident in Westport, there has been worry added to the athletic department.

“I am always concerned for the runners who practice off site,” stated Mr. Mones, the NHS Athletic Director.

Cross-country practices have many routes to run outside the school’s grounds, one being along Strawberry Hill Avenue and County Street. Strawberry Hill Avenue, the street parallel to the NHS softball field is a busy and relatively major street full of intersections and lane changes. In the afternoon, buses from the schools and rushing parents drive along the street in the dozens.

“I am usually aware of the cars around me, but sometimes they come really close,” commented girls’ cross-country runner, Claire Turner (’14). Turner also commented that it should really be up to both the runners and the drivers to be aware of their surroundings.

This notion of danger included in practice off the school’s grounds is consistent in all sports that deal with this task too. In the spring, baseball has to either drive or walk to the baseball diamond at City Hall, forcing them to walk alongside major streets. Football teams and marching band travel to Andrews Field and soccer teams commute to Nathan Hale Middle School.

“I not only have a fear for our runners, but for all the teams that have to leave school grounds,” added Mr. Mones. “It is a shame that NHS does not have the facilities.”

Hopefully in the near future, extra turf fields will be added to Nathan Hale Middle School, a short walk from the school. The addition of extra fields may solve our lack of playing space and remove some teams from walking through town to get to practice.

“There is always a concern for players off site,” ended Mr. Mones. The SHS runner was sent to the hospital with leg injuries, something that NHS’ athletes want to avoid when practicieng after school.

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