Good afternoon. We had a historic day in Hershey on Saturday to cap a great weekend for the team. The school surprised the team with a send off on Friday. Brian said a few words on the team’s behalf before we headed on to Hershey.
From the moment we stepped into the van, the big difference I noticed with the group is that there was a certain level of calm and confidence. After checking into the hotel, we headed to the course for our workout: course preview, accelerations, drills, and stretch. The course preview went well as we went over strategy and how to attack each section.
After the main work was done, we went to dinner at our annual spot, Fabio’s. The last two years, we have had long wait times, but this year they seated us immediately. The team had fun at the dinner and talked about how they were excited for Saturday.
On Saturday, we were greeted by our loyal fans. Several people from the school traveled to Hershey to support the team. Our AD, Chad Walsh, brought several members of the team down to watch and support the rest of the squad. The volleyball coach and business manager, Katie Wheeler, and her son, Ben, also made the trip.
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On Saturday we traveled to Forest Hills Middle School for the District 6 Championships. It was a perfect fall day and there is nothing better for XC. The boys and girls had the same goal: STATES. After a great season of preparation we were ready for the task at hand. But we went in with the understanding that we needed to focus on what we can control – our effort and attitude to race our best – and let the chips fall where they may in the results.
All season our AD, Chad Walsh, has made sure we ride to our meets in style and comfort by ordering our coach bus. I told him I think it makes us too comfortable and we needed to go back to a school bus. He laughed when I told them and double checked to make sure I was serious. I told him yes. And Saturday morning, our yellow chariot awaited.
We told the team we didn’t need any big speeches, we simply needed to believe in ourselves, execute our race plans, and trust our training.
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From the Centre Daily Times:
St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy cross country runner Brian Hackman is a Centre Daily Times Athlete of the Week.
Hackman won two dual meets during the week and turned in a standout performance in the Forest Hills Invitational.
Hackman ran 16:47 for 3.1 miles as the Wolves split a tri-meet with Penns Valley and Philipsburg-Osceola on Tuesday. Hackman ran 17:57 in a sweep against Bellwood-Antis and Tyrone. He saved his quickest time of the week for last as he ran 16:40 to place third in the Forest Hills Invitational. His finish helped the Wolves place eighth as a team.
Read more here: http://www.centredaily.com/2014/09/14/4354328_athlete-of-the-week-brian-hackman.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy
Yesterday we traveled to Philipsburg for a double dual with the host school and Penns Valley. It was perfect running weather, we truly couldn’t ask for a better day running-wise. The goal was to use the meet to focus on being more aggressive on the front end of races. We wanted to get out hard and then race. We accomplished the first part of the goal, but fell a little short on the second part. We got into the habit of running and not racing. We were not aware of our surroundings and position in the race. The best part is that all of these are very fixable things. Since they are fixable, there is no reason to get down or dejected. We have assessed the issue and now it is our job to correct it. We need to do a better job of running with people, especially the opposition. We need to continue to work on that and closing down the gaps and not run in space as much as we do. On the physical side, we are exactly where we need to be. We just need to continue working on the mental side of racing. And much of that is not thinking as much, literally shutting off the brain, and simply competing for the sake of competing. After the meet, the future of the team, Amber Fisher, Monika and Clare Peters, Chris Rogan, and Devon were racing non-stop on the little course they do every time we are at Philipsburg. I remarked that if asked, they would run that loop 100 times and never complain about being tired. Because it hasn’t become too complex for them and they don’t overthink it, and hopefully never will. We need to get back to that youthful way and simply race and be thankful to God that we have the ability to do so in such great fashion. So keep working with your athlete to keep it simple and enjoyable. The pressure is only there if we allow it to be.
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From the Centre Daily Times:
Brian Hackman didn’t care about track and field.
He was lost in the shuffle at State College Area High School the previous two years, and he had no motivation to get better. But he’s rediscovered his work ethic and passion for the sport since transferring to the smaller St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy.
Read more here: http://www.centredaily.com/2014/05/03/4162064_high-school-track-and-field-hackman.html?sp=/99/146/&rh=1#storylink=cpy