Yesterday I attended the Nevada State Cross Country Finals for HS participants...I am proud to say that VCHS took second place in the 2A race for the girls team...This is after taking 1st place in the Northern 2A title last week to qualify for the state competition at the UNR course 3.1 miles and alot of really hard hills... This was VCHS girls first ever win in the 2A Northern competition and first ever showing in second place in the state finals...each girl on the team improved their time between two and four minutes from the qualifying win in the Northern 2A finals... This being said as I watched my grandaughter Jolene and her team members play football with the boys while waiting for the awards ceremony and observing the first place winners writher on the ground in agony I smiled... Jolenes coach was a little disappointed because the girls did not win first place...as he was critiquing them and they began to show pain and I had to step up to the plate...I told Mr.Young... hey...they did great taking into consideration the one member of the team who placed second for the individual silver medal is a senior with four years cross country experience and two are just sophomores... my grandaughter and her best friend Brittany..the other three are just freshmen and of which the two sophomores and the freshmen members are in their first year of cross country...ya gotta admitt they did great and taking second was a great accomplishment...wait until next year they will kick ass! Mr.Young looked at me with a blank stare and then gave the biggest smile I ever saw...he became a "Happy Camper" and the girls began to smile and all was well! The moral to this story is to look at the big picture rather than a instant win! And too watch them play football and have all that energy left after a really hard run goes to show what heart and potential they have for next year...it is better to compete hard and do your best without destroying the body in the process! go VCHS Girls!