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SJCA XC at 2014 PIAA XC Championships

PIAA Championship Recap

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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District 6 Championships!

District 6 Championships Recap

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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