You are cross country racers.
Racers never waste a step, they run efficiently, knowing that they conserve up a hill and charge fast down a hill, and never, ever, stop passing people until they get through the finish shoot.
And, never, ever, stop racing until you get past the finish line.
Saucony RBR Fall Cross Country Training, Week 19, Day six
Saturday: warm up, Race, cool down.
In your race today, make sure you move through the field, pick a person and get up to them, then pass them. Pass with a mission. Continue to pass and remember, to begin your finish with five hundred meters to go, increasing pace each 100 meters, pass as many as you can, because passing is the difference for your team between winning and losing.