The Falcon Cross Country team traveled to Madison, Alabama on Friday for the AHSAA Sectional Meet to compete against some of the fastest teams in 7A. The early morning start and frigid temperatures did not stop our Falcons from a great performance by all.
Our Falcon ladies started the morning off with the first race of the day. With several of our varsity girls out for various reasons, team captain Mary Claire Ridgeway led a young JV girls' team to a third place victory securing a spot in the AHSAA State Meet next weekend. Mary Claire won first place overall in the 7A Section 4 Meet held at Palmer Park in Madison. Varsity runners, Bella Rhodes (with a PR race time of 20:47) and Ellie VonHerrmann came in 2nd and 3rd for our team taking the 8th and 11th overall places. All three girls received TOP 15 recognition. Next on our girls' team came 7th graders Claire Dawson (with a PR of 22:24) and Anne Harris Poss (with a PR of 22:40). Eighth grader, Taylor Dickerscheid was next, followed by 9th grader Lydia Galloway (with a PR of 22:48). Seventh grader Abigail Dickson finished out the team for our lady Falcons. CONGRATULATIONS GIRLS ON MAKING IT TO STATE!!!
Our Falcon men faced tough competition, running against Southeast Alabama's #3 ranked team, Huntsville. Our men were fierce on the battlefield with 4 claiming victory and securing individual spots in the State Meet. Trey Hurt, Reed Trapp, Kalen Robinson, and David Rubolin will be heading to Moulton, AL next Saturday, along with our girls' team to compete in the State Meet. Trey conquered the #12 overall spot in the TOP 15. Reed Trapp came in 21st place. First year cross country runner, Kalen Robinson PR'd yet again with a 17:30, followed by David Rubolin who came in 29th place. These young men took 4 of only 6 available individual spots! Congratulations to Carter Creel, Ian Infanger, George Vanveckhoven (PR'd with an 18:21), John Brake, Taiyo Hino, and Ben Hillis (PR'd with an 18:51) who all 6 made the top ten of our men's team!
Although we celebrate our 4 State qualifiers, at the same time, we as coaches are broken hearted for our other boys on the team who needed to finish in the top 4 teams to go to State. Sadly, we placed 5th as a team by ONE POINT! That is why our new mantra starting today will be "ONE POINT". Coach Palmer has always said, "Let's get one more!". After speaking to him and the rest of the coaches, he suggested changing it to "ONE POINT!". So, "ONE POINT" is what we will say every time it gets hard. "ONE POINT" is what we will say when it's unbearably hot and we know we MUST keep going. "ONE POINT" is what we will say when it's frigid and freezing and we are dressed from head to toe with tights, coats, gloves, and hand warmers, but we know we MUST keep going. "ONE POINT" is what we will say when it's 4:30 a.m. and we know we MUST get in our early morning run to get our mileage in. "ONE POINT" is what we will say any time we need motivation. To all other teams we compete against whether 6A or 7A, we shall say "Come and Bring it on!" because we will NOT let this happen again! We WILL secure our spot next year and it will be by more than just "ONE POINT!!! No more feeling sad about past situations that we can not change. We will look forward and always keep our eyes on the prize!