One proud G/pa

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    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! :) :gs: go VCHS Girls!
     
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    Congrats to the grandaughter! I remember when my son's HS won State! Was there the partying!!! Big win for a small school!
     
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    I'm kinda a hard ass and was embarrassed when tears began to roll down my checks...it is so rewarding to see kids from a small school only... 194 in the VCHS...compete with larger schools and do so good...makes a old fart proud!

    I'm sure you were proud of your son too...damn it feels good to see the underdogs do so well!
     
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    Enjoy it! I won't tell you about the subsequent years-they weren't terrible! But none so sweet!
     
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    I'm not a pessimist...ya gotta know these girls...they compete hard and will not abuse their bodies for the win...but they will prosper over the years...they may not be number one now or in the future but will give the competition a run for the money...and I am sure all these girls will succeed in life!
     
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    That describe Xcountry perfectly! Though they are a 'team' they compete as individuals. It is how they succeed.

    BTW, my son's team placed his frosh year, came in 2nd in soph. year and 1st jr. year.
     
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    However as I never ran cross country in HS or College just track and football...well team effort plays a key roll...My GD's coach told her to run hard on the hills as she is a sprinter as I was and could wear down the competition for the win she complied as did some of the other girls on the team...it put the better long distance runners in a better position...so although individual effort is good... team effort wins the gold eventually! Sacrafice for the good of the team...as in life!
     
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    But unlike football, soccer, baseball, or basketball, they compete against themselves. Best time, etc. The worst placing team can have an 'All Stater'.
     
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    However team effort is the key here as we try to do in VC...as I said we had two really great long distance runners on the girls team..in order to win or place well in the State finals...the sprinters were used to wear out the competitions long distance runners....it worked quite well...so it is a individual as well as team effort that makes life complete!
     
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    Well always. If you have 5 all staters, you have 1st! :laugh: A dream team if you will.
     

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