I used to think that I was going to participate in an after school activity for fun, but then my cross country team won the state championship meet, now I know I can do anything I put my mind to. Nothing was extraordinary about my life. I was just a normal ninth grader on the junior varsity cross country team. My times were not that great, so I had no intention of running varsity at all. We had a Saturday meet at Walker, but only the top seven varsity girls were going to compete.
The road to glory started in Pierre, South Dakota. Where Berent, Cael, Trevor, Xavier, and I drove up to play for the state cup. The rest of the team was with their parents but we decided to carpool to save money. We were all joking around until we figured out that we were going to play the older tempo team, Tempo Blaze. At first, we thought that this would be a sweep, that we would win the whole tournament without worrying, but know we have to play the team that has never lost this year and we have never beaten for as
I introduced myself and asked if it were still possible to join the cross country team. Unlike today, where legally high school athletes are required to have a specific number of practices under their belt before they are allowed to compete, I was allowed to join the team immediately. After filling out a few forms, I thanked him for the opportunity. But, as I was leaving the room, he said “Just so you know, today is the team’s first race of the season and I’m going to let you run. You can use it as your first practice.” About nine hours later I was standing on my first starting line awaiting my first cross country race.. For a uniform, I had to use my all-cotton gym shorts and T-shirt.
The 13 mile run was a huge accomplishment and made me feel like I could accomplish anything if I put my mind to it. I feel this confidence boost is affecting me in different areas in my life. I feel more confident as an individual and do not feel the need to follow the pack. I have learned to push myself and to never give up. Step 7: The Atonement.
Cross country. a sport that requires the fusing of body and mind, strives to maximize one’s physical ability by testing one’s mental tenacity. Every day represents a new struggle to beat yesterday’s maximum output; an issue of mind over matter. Through pains and strains, and adverse weather and unfavorable conditions, I run because I made up my mind four years ago to succeed. When I first joined the team the summer prior to my freshman year, I had no previous experience with running, unlike the majority of the team.
“She believed she could so she did.” Anonymous. This is my all-time favorite quote and it has significant meaning to me. It has a special meaning to me, because my dad and I run together. During the summer my dad and I would run together every morning and on weekends we would go on our “log run” for the week. We started out running short distances like 2-3 miles a day and on the weekend 4 miles.
In my eighth grade year I was attending tournament held at Western Kentucky University. I won two of my three events and was debated when I got second in the other. I remember my mother saying to me, “Jack, you did so well today, yet you are not even excited about it. That really makes me sad, I thought my son would have much humility than that.” That right there… hurt. It was a true wake-up call of why I do speech and debate.
This is how sports hough high school have influenced me; they have helped me grow and learn humility and purpose. When I was in eighth grade i was the star of my recreational soccer league, so going into highschool I was not only expecting great things, but I was expected by others to do great things. My coaches, my teammates, and my friends all knew me as a great player which put a lot of pressure on me walking into high school tryouts. I did not know anyone there but I quickly saw that the level of skill I was competing with was something that I had never experienced before. With that I went from being the best player in the league to not making the team my freshman year.
For the past two years of my high school career, I have been volunteering for a field trip that’s centered around giving my Special Ed classmates a day of fun where they can relax from the stress of school and enjoy a day off. During these events, all the volunteers would be paired with one another and we were then taken to a station where we would perform an activity and encourage our partners to participate. Hundreds of students gathered around to participate in track and field games that give the children and adults with an intellectual disability, a chance to develop physical fitness while being cheered on. My only regret would be that I didn’t volunteer throughout all of my high school years, I may have been able to make more friends and
Where I attend school it 's a lot bigger and my school has an amazing running program. I run cross country and track, my passion is running and my goal is to run in college. I knew if I moved it would hard for me to be able to accomplish my goals , because the new school is small as little no running teams. After explaining all this to my mother we talked it over and we
Football has been my favorite sport since I could run. Running free in the grass with friends and family made me appreciate the the quality of life I was blessed to have. Senior year of high school I went from league champions to below .500 records. Lake Winaukee was where the team would prep and practice for the upcoming season. As a senior, I felt I was obliged to help my team win football games and the place we could create chemistry was Lake Winaukee.
I disliked flag football and was so happy when I finally was allowed to sign up for Urbana Hawks tackle football this Fall. I bought all of my equipment over the Summer, practiced, and was ready to play. I also was so excited to find out that my neighbor and best friend (Tony) was on my team. It was time