Striding to Greatness
SH CC teams earn three meet titles and one runner-up at the ET Charter CC meet
It isn’t the size of the man, but the size of his heart that brings out greatness. And by the looks of the Spring Hill Cross Country team you might believe they look young and weak, yet this past Saturday at Letourneau University if you were to watch them race, you’d quickly see looks can be deceiving. Within the group wearing proudly the SH jersey were three team champions one team runner up, 13 top 10 finishers, and one race individual race champ.
Starting off the day were the Varsity boys, where Sophomore Kalen Barlow would blaze the trail pulling along his fellow teammates as they were able to edge out District rival Kilgore for the meet victory. Varsity runners competed on a level they have been aiming for since May, this victory not only set the stage for all future races, but provided them the confidence in knowing hard work pays off, if you push yourself to push your team.
Following the Varsity boys were the Varsity girls, who despite not fielding a team for this meet were able to grab 3rd and 4th places, thanks to the dynamic duo of freshman Samantha Schott and Sophomore Marissa Seyer. The pair were able to run the entire race side by side, pushing one another to push harder, and in end proved once again, together we achieve more.
Then going off the hype from hearing of the varsity boys team victory, the JV boys then knew what they had to do….win. And from the gun they got out, and pushed the pace, many running the course with personal records, but not to be overshadowed by teamwork put into the race. Packing in groups they kept a strong focus, having four in the top 15, they as well were able to edge out a team victory, by just three points over Lindale.
Finally, as the heat began to settle in and morning drew to afternoon, the JV girls took to the stage. And to say pressure wasn’t there would be an understatement, as the previous three races the expectations had been risen. No longer were they just to run good times, but run them together. And that is exactly what happened. With SH taking three in the top ten, including freshmen Annabeth Hood with her third place finish, the girls rallied together from there, seeing the goal now a reality. As they would go on to finish 1st place as a team, rounding out the day to three team titles for the day.
Yet, there still had two races to run, the JH boys and JH girls. And despite all the heat and sun pounding down on them, the high from the four races before had them ready to open their season. And so it began with the boys as 12 SH runners lined up to the start, recalling the wisdom given by HS runners, it was now their turn. But after the gun, they fell short of being in the top 10, but they didn’t back down, instead they kept pushing harder and harder as they neared the finish. Finishing with two in the top 10 and all hitting personal best, so as a reminder isn’t always how you begin, but how you don’t give up and fight to the finish. The boys would go on to fall just short of 1st place to Jacksonville, but the fire was lit….AND BELIEVE IT THEY ARE HUNGRY FOR MORE!
And then to end the day, were the JH girls. Where eighth grader Riley Johnson was able to end the day with her seventh place finish and Erin Hunnicutt was able to get a taste of what CC is all about. Both girls were also joined by Sixth grader Blair Bodenhimer, who despite being unable to score or medal, yet placed 21st for her CC debut.
All in all, if you didn’t know Spring Hill when you arrived, by the time you left you knew. It was evident that Spring Hill has not only become a strong CC program, but a strong family. Who works hard, pushes one another, and won’t be stopped. Greatness doesn’t happen overnight, nor does it come easy. And we know it. It doesn’t matter about your age or ability, its about who is willing to go beyond the distance, beyond what is asked, and rise to the challenges laid out before you. This SPRING HILL CC team might be young, might be small, but if you were to look into their hearts you’d see our secret weapon and when they all come together, GREATNESS happens.
The team will take a week off from racing to focus on training, and be back September 15th (for HS) and September 16th (for JH).
VARSITY BOYS (1st as a Team, 93 runners
1st Kalen Barlow- 18:16
8th Austin Martin – 19:17
16th Haden Bray- 19:57
17th Marshall Bodenhimer- 19:59
25th Caleb Hutcheson- 20:33
29th Craig Hunnicutt- 20:41
38th Colton Goettle- 21:16
Varsity Girls (not full team, 80 runners)
3rd Samantha Schott- 13:30
5th Marissa Seyer- 13:40
Junior Varsity Boys (1st as a Team, 105 runners)
2nd Carson Barnhill- 20:13
5th Mason Hancock- 20:28
11th Drew Bassett- 21:24
14th Brody Barnhill- 21:48
30th Walker Holt- 23:21
53rd Brian Vaca- 25:20
63rd David McFatridge- 26:24
66th Joe Saenz- 26:48
Junior Varsity Girls- (1st as a team, 72 runners)
3rd Annabeth Hood- 14:36
5th Tierney Skogen- 15:31
11th Jaden James- 16:02
22nd Peyton Borens- 16:52
31st Lexie Jones- 17:31
Junior High Boys- (2nd as a team, 110 runners)
8th Nick Bodenhimer 12:30
12th Jordan Hodges- 12:44
16th Jaden Giddings- 13:20
29th Cason Owens- 13:56
30th Sam Lepire- 14:02
41st Chris Arredondo- 14:31
50th Jackson Perritt- 15:07
54th Jace Jones- 15:12
70th Jake Seymour- 15:39
75th Cole Secord- 15:48
87th Zen Estralla- 15:55
Junior High Girls- (not full team, 103 runners)
7th Riley Johnson- 15:02
22nd- Blaire Bodenhimer (unattached)- 16:46
97th- Erin Hunnicutt- 24:30
http://www.my-finish.com/form.php?race_name=etcs2017 (conclusive results can be found here)