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Thornapple Kellogg High School


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Thornapple Kellogg High School

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Thornapple Kellogg High School

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Game Summary

7 months ago

Girls Varsity Cross Country vs. Barry County Championship

Game Date
Oct 28, 2019


Once again my report will be a bit unconventional. I’m a sap, and this is for the girls. I'm sure this is not what is best for the sports page, so the media will have to do what they do with this to make it more "sports page" worthy.

The girls were sore from giving everything at the regional meet only two days before. They told me this because I asked, but they never complained. I appreciated their honesty. They knew they had a job to do. They knew they needed to defend their title, and once again demonstrate, that for at least one more year, they were the top team in the county. Mission accomplished.

I’m not going to go into deep to the details of the race. They ran smart, they ran hard enough to get the job done, but it wasn’t a day for pr’s and none were had...except for one. Silla Lemming, our exchange student from Denmark, in only her second meet all year, due to injury, ran all of 23 seconds faster than the first time she was able to run for us...this was a victory inside the victory of our team, and it was great to see.

On the one hand, this is a fun and exciting meet where we can come up for air after the suffocation of dealing with our conference, which is full of powerhouse teams.  On the other hand, it can be an emotional night, as it is often the last meet of the season for most, and the last meet of high school cross country careers for others.

Tonight’s meet was an opportunity for the girls to pull their uniforms on one more time together. Tonight’s meet was a way to celebrate the season with one more go around; one more last hurrah as a team. It was a chance to celebrate Kristina, Gracie, Audrey, and Elizabeth, our seniors...their sisters. After the dust settled from the girls race, our girls gently ran the 25 yards of the course to cross their last finish line together. There was laughing and there were some tears. 

Our season racing as a team is over, but we’ve got more to do. The girls will train together for the rest of the week with Jessie, and they go and be her biggest fans at the state meet on Saturday.

We had a season we can be proud of and we will build on what we have done. We will miss our seniors that are moving on, but we will also continue to work hard in order to carry on the pride, class, and tradition that they have demonstrated for us over the past four years. Thank you ladies.
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