Cross Country Footnotes
Perspective can be an interesting word, or an ugly word, depending on how you use it. However the results of an event by someone who has to put things in perspective may yield a greater understanding of the subject, or to be very simple, the end product you have been searching for has been inside you all the time. When errors are made, there are those individuals who stand up to face a problem and that is exactly what our cross team did last Thursday at the BHC meet, held in Sturgis.
Josh Stanley hasn’t run a JV race for quite a while and today he stepped up and finished with his best time of the season, first place is nice (18:37), but to run a race on a new course and to take 35 seconds off your best time of the year just goes to show you what his resolve is all about.
The same can be said of Oliver Juhl (7th, 19:51), breaking the 20 minute barrier, as did Tyler Winscot (5th, 19:30). More than anything that can be held in your hand, these three kids went out and manufactured a PR in what can be best described as a “prove yourself” situation. This is not to say that Caleb Preim (20:45), Zach Cox (22:35), John Lane (23:46) and James Ordman (30:03) did not give it their best effort; they did! James ran his first 5k of the season, but it was his finish that you could see that he was trying to prove himself as a runner.
The flip side of this record (for those of you who know what I am talking about), we were privileged to witness Adam Consoer step up and finish 17th, in a time of 18:59. Adam had to lead the varsity squad today and performed like a leader. Following on his heels was Keaton Bissonnette (27th, 19:40). Keaton really came through for the team today running his PR of the season, finishing a few places ahead of Pierce Sword, who overcame a side stitch in the middle of the race to place 29th (19:52). You could certainly tell he was in a great deal of pain but continued his run and eventually ran away from the stitch. Skye Bastian was our 4th runner of the meet and it was his first time to score points (21:18, 41st), followed by Colton Koupal (45th, 21:44), who also ran a PR.
Now we move on the big meet of the year; not State but Regions. Hard to think that I would not consider State the “be all, end all,” but if the kids do not place in the top three as a team or in the top 20 at this meet, there is no state. Whether we make it or not, what Coach Hayes and I witnessed today is an enormous growth in maturity, 12 young men had enough guts to put into perspective just what it means to overcome an error and prove to themselves that they are good enough to compete in the toughest conference in the state, exponential notation pride.
Just a side note… I ran into the mother of one of my high school classmates, she was out watching her niece run varsity for Hill City (congratulations BHC champs, along with the Custer boys team). We do not have any nieces, sisters, granddaughters that run for Hot Springs, so it is at least with great pride that we can watch other girls from other communities run with the same amount of determination and willingness to test their will as a individual.
The region meet will be held in Belle Fourche, Thursday, Oct. 12, beginning at 2 p.m. with the girls’ varsity leading the event. Our boys will run at 2:30 p.m. and the JV will run at 3 p.m.