Wow... what a weekend. Started with us going to the movie, Overcomer, as a team - compliments of South Middle School! So grateful for the support we receive from SMS!
Then... on to what I would call a "break-out" meet on Saturday! Did I say, WOW? Against very tough competition - with teams that have been building programs for DECADES - and despite being without several of our top runners due to various reasons - our teams still moved up the ranks, placing several spots higher than in past meets. Better than that, ALL of our runners (except for one that despite battling cramps throughout the race still ran a great time) set PR's (Personal Records)... with some absolutely SMASHING their previous times!
From JUST 3 WEEKS ago - on the SAME COURSE...
We had FIVE runners improve their times by MORE THAN 2 minutes: Tanner Friday (2:36), Bo Hazelwood (2:24), Neico Henderson (2:07), Autumn Hallmark (2:02), Alex Francke (2:00)
and SEVEN runners improve their times by MORE THAN 1 minute: Camden Burrow (1:47), Mark Thomas (1:44), Brady Francke (1:32), Cameron Vick (1:22), Emma Messer (1:21), Aiden Miller (1:16), Destany Pike (1:07).
AND we had FOUR runners - place in the top 25 and earn medals: Isaac Krampe (18th place), John Poole (24th place), Destany Pike (24th place), and Allison Lucas (25th place).
The thing is - the other runners not listed here? They did AMAZING, too! If you know anything about running, you know that improving your time by just a few seconds is a big deal, so to improve your time by these amounts is astounding.
They're learning to TRAIN their BRAINS (Mind over Muscle - the Mind runs the Body!) and PUSH THEIR LIMITS (Running is GUTS!)... and THAT's how they're doing what they're doing!
And this is JUST the beginning! We're on our way UP!
After the meet, the kids said they really thought the movie helped. As a Coach, I loved the coaching messages it reinforced. So again, thank you to SMS for that special treat!