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State Cross Country Experience

The time had finally come. It seemed as though it was only yesterday, we were back at English Landing Park on a humid summer morning. All the miles, all the workouts, the early morning, passing up on certain foods. It was all for this moment.

Myself, Eli Guzman, and Trey Rouse had successfully made it to State. As South’s Cross Country team we managed to be crowned District Champs and to just fall short in Sectionals. We had placed 5th at the meet, and the top 4 teams move into Championship weekend. I had finished with a new personal record, 16:53, and was placed 19th. Eli and Trey were right behind me, and we now were supposed to represent South at the biggest Cross Country stage in Missouri.

It was an unreal experience. People from all of the State of Missouri were in attendance. Usually, in typical meets, there are points of silence in a meet. State was by far the noised meet I had ever been apart of. It seemed like everyone was cheering the loudest for the kids who were the closest to me. I couldn’t understand what they were saying, but the noise got louder as I passed certain groups of people.

What really hit home hard was the last point one. I have only been doing Cross Country full-time for two years, and this was about to be my last high school race. I have mixed feelings of course.  I am excited to start training for the winter and perform to the best of my ability for spring Track. There are some things that I am going to really miss about high school cross Country, though. I am the person who I am today because of the coaches who I have been given the great opportunity to be under. I’m also very thankful for the teammates who became my second family, and the memories I have with them will be with me until the day that I die. I look forward to after high school, to where I will hopefully competing at a college.