I really felt like cross country camp this year was a huge success. Taking 20 more people than we have ever had at camp really scared me, but it turned out to be a great experience for me as a coach, and I hope that you all enjoyed your time up at Marsh Lake. I appreciate you all following the rules and having such positive attitudes throughout a week of pretty intense altitude training. I will once again express my gratitude to Steve Petty for being so willing to let us use all of his gear and for his time and expertise. Thanks to Janae for being such a positive influence and for the sacrifices she had to make to come up with Ralee and with Kenneth (he needs a lot of babysitting too). Thanks to Kenneth for helping make camp fun and for the insights he gives into running and life. Thanks to Brad for the entertainment and for sharing his inspirational story. Thanks to the alumni - having 11 of you up there made it a special year for me - and you were helpful for the most part. Thanks to other parents who stayed with us and helped in many ways - Brett Wilding, Dave King, and Lisa Brown. And thanks to each of the parents who were willing to drive up there to drop off or pick up the athletes (sorry once again to Mrs. Poulson for all the effort it took in getting lost). And thanks to all of your parents for letting us spend the week together as a TEAM.
We'll start with some group shots from various times during the week.
The Tuesday morning mile repeats were as tough as they are every year. It shows how much guts and determination we have on the TEAM. I love how hard it is, and I love watching as you each fight through the workout.
We were excited to have Macee from Monticello with us all week. She is definitely one of the hardest workers we have ever had a camp.
I guess Becca was pretty mad at me for making her do the 23 mile run/hike - then getting her up early to hike 20 minutes to go on another run.
The following shots are from the 1-5 game which turned into a mud fight. I was just innocently trying to officiate the game when I was attacked by a mob of muddy, malicious conspirators.
It was fun to take some shots of siblings/family members at the top of Red Castle - didn't mean to miss Steve and Logan, and Sarah and Megan, Joe and Becca, Caleb and Anna, Hollie and Mike, and Julianne and Chris. (We have a lot of siblings on the TEAM).
Thanks GraduatesJason won the "best camper" award. He helped out every day - even if it wasn't his crew who had the assignment.
The 3 freshman studs - as Ben would say, these guys "owned" the running at camp. Good work Alex, Hayden, and Preston.