Girls Varsity Cross Country · Girls Varsity Cross Country finishes 4th place at OK Gold Jamboree #2 @ Wayland


  Place Points
Thornapple-Kellogg High School 4th 99

Our conference is really a tale of two races. There is the race between East Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, and Forest Hills Eastern, and there is the race between us, Wayland, South Christian, and Wyoming. We edged out our half of the conference today, and we fell within looking distance of the other half. It was a good day, and the girls should be proud of what they put together.
So what I saw out there today was our team giving max effort, on a tough course, under challenging conditions. Our girls are strong physically and mentally, and they are not afraid to go into the hurt box. When they are racing I really don’t care about the time the clock shows, and we cannot control how fast the other teams are running, so what I’m looking for is a look in their eyes that lets me know they are fully engaged in competing, and that they are determined to do whatever they can do on the day. Now, not everyone had her best day today, but each and every one of them gave their best today, and for that I am truly grateful for and impressed by.
This was our last OK Gold Jamboree before the OK Conference Championship Meet. We did what we set out to do, and our focus will remain on the process of the daily chopping of wood and carrying of water, but we will hope our efforts will have us winning our half of the conference and threatening the other half for a piece of their pie on the day.
I could list the times the girls ran, and where they placed in the race, and on our team, but I don’t think that’s the story. The story is the girls ran with solidarity because they care about each other and don’t ever want to let each other down. If you want to see this as me speaking of moral victories, go ahead, but the girls did their job and got it done.