As you can see, the girls in 7th grade were a small number~a virus had begun working its way around the school and our team took a big hit. But despite their size, the girls were ready to run.
We loved the shirts they were provided! On the back were words that at first blush may appear to some as discouraging. But they weren't. The emphasis was to encourage pushing through a challenge. It was a great message and one each boy and girl wore with pride.
Because make no mistake, this was a challenge. It was a cross country race going both uphill and down for 2 miles. It involved rugged terrain, criss-cossing, and steep elevations. But these students were ready to face it! There was plenty of laughter before the race as well as some pep talks from one of their coaches.
And when all was said and done, Medea Creek did very well. Though she wasn't aware at the time of the rankings of the other grades and the boys teams, Eldest's team of 7th grade girls finished in 15th place. It may not sound too impressive, but considering the hundreds that were participating, it really was; they finished in the top half. This left them with high spirits in great humor. Esepcially Eldest. She was hamming it up the rest of the evening...or so I've been told.
This was Eldest's first time working so rigorously for an event. It wasn't like soccer or volleyball. Training for the Invitational was intense and time consuming. And she loved it. It's made her more excited about joining the cross country team this Spring, and though it's going to be even more demanding, Eldest is up to meeting the challenge. We're just so proud.