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Athletes cope with high temperatures

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

No matter the weather, cross country runners practice their skills.

Wednesday was day one of practice at Nouvel High School in Saginaw Township and Billy Scharf said it was all about pushing through the heat.

"It feels painful, feels like you want to go inside, but you get used to it. After awhile you get used to the heat," the cross country runner said.

When the temperatures reach the mid-90s it's time for the runners to listen to their bodies and make sure they don't overheat.

"We take water breaks every 15 minutes. There's a cooler of ice over there. We throw that on ourselves. Towels, water and more water," said Joe Bartles, runner.

That doesn't make running on blacktop any less grueling. The team said they watch out for each other and make sure each runner takes care of themselves.

"Even though cross country doesn't seem like it, it's a team sport. So if one of us can't run, that affects the whole team. So we have to watch out for each other," said Sergio Moliner, runner.

For Scharf, he's making sure he's staying hydrated and healthy. He said ignoring the heat would distract him for his season goals.

"To cut down on my times and get back in shape and be a better runner," he said.

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