The Bethel men’s Cross Country team is off and running. The men started the 2010 running season Sept. 10, at the Midwest Classic in Illinois. The boys started out the season running together as a pack on a beautiful fall day. Out of the 13 teams competing in the race Bethel finished ninth. Bethel was led by junior Harrison Fausey who finished 11th overall in the five mile race. Although they did not win, the team said they are excited with how they ran and are encouraged with the potential they have for the rest of their still young season. Even though it was the first race of the year, three Bethel runners were able to kick it up a notch and record their personal best running times. The team has a new look this year, after three seniors graduated from last year’s team. Replacing them are three freshman runners who have joined the team and fit right in. The team may race together, but they have also become close friends. “This is my third year of running and God has brought this team real close,” said senior Drew Bishop. “We want to see each other do well in every area of life, not just running.” After the first race of the year, Bishop said that they were proud of how they did and that the Bethel team ran a good race. The team is looking forward to the upcoming races including two in South Bend and one with division one schools at Notre Dame. For the rest of the season, the Bethel team has some goals they would like to reach. The team said their goal is to finish in the top three in a tough Mid Central Conference. They would also like to see everyone race together so they can be a team while out running the course. While they want to succeed as runners, the team also wants to grow closer to God and be able to encourage each other. They have a God focused attitude and want to glorify him throughout the season. “We want to learn what worship looks like as we run,” Bishop said. The Bethel cross country team expects a great season as they race for both earthly and heavenly prizes.