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Youth Cross Country Wins Back To Back Championship!
October 4, 2013St. Lukes Episcopal School
The season began with the St. Luke's boys team as the defending champion in the SAISTA League of Alabama. Coaches John Thompson and Clay Smith both led them in focused practices with the constant goal of each child bettering themselves and coming together as a team. The team grew to 26 plus runners this season and looks to continue to grow for years to come.
The final race of the season took place Thursday October 4th at Langan Park in Mobile, AL. The competition was tough, with 15 area teams all competing for the championship in the 3rd-6th grade division. Both the boys and girls teams had the opportunity to compete and win the top prize. The girls team ran first and were able to have every girl beat their own personal best time for the season. This was a truly amazing team accomplishment. The competition was tough and the girls team came in 4th out of 15 teams, in a very tight points race for the top four spots.
As the girls were finishing up, the boys began to line up to defend their title. The gun shot and the two mile race was on. One by one each runner crossed the finish line, one step closer to the deciding moments for each runner and each team. Third grader Stone Smith finished 4th leading the Wildcats team, as the anticipation began to build as to which school would bring home the title. As the announcer finished with the individual medals and started to move onto the team prize, the Wildcats began to get restless, eager to hear the winner. As the second place team was announced, the Wildcats knew they had done it! Back to Back Championships! The team burst out of their sitting position raising the championship plaque high in the air.
Coach Clay Smith had this to say about the great season: "What a season! We did it! Everyone on this team should be proud of what they have accomplished. Running is mostly about competing against yourself. Oftentimes your mind works against your body, but each of the kids not only got physically stronger, but also learned how to mentally focus to excel at this sport. Congratulations!!"
Coach John Thompson added: "WE finished so strong in the last 2 weeks with personal bests dropping every week. I believe every child had a positive experience and contributed to the overall success oi the program. Truly proud of all our runners."
GREAT JOB WILDCATS!!!! WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!