The first race of the 2015 BYU-Idaho competitive cross-country season took place Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Rexburg Nature Park.

Many runners were on the prowl looking to pass their competitors at every opportunity. However, no matter how fast a runner could go, the emotions of the race were hard to control.

“So, before the race I was feeling like way sick. Like, I just get so nervous about races. I thought I was going to be dead. But while you are running, it like starts the adrenaline going, you feel good, you feel happy, like, I don’t know, you’re friends and stuff. But by the end, I felt like I was going to die, but right after that, like now I feel awesome–I feel like I accomplished it,” said Janae Fairbourn, a sophomore studying exercise physiology.

Scoring in cross-country is achieved by adding the cumulative placement of the first five runners from each team, and whichever team has the lowest score wins.

From start to finish, it is important for each runner to be more concerned about the welfare of the team as opposed to one’s own performance.

Many individuals think that cross-country is an individual sport, when it is quite the opposite.

“I think mainly just like working with the team. Just continue to build the team up. I think there’s a – especially in cross-country there’s a lot of power in teamwork. Just building each other up, especially when teams are racing and stuff, just cheering everybody on. At least, I’ve found a lot of energy that comes from that and helps everybody do better,” said Dillon Danner a freshman studying business management.