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Harriers: The Making of a Championship Cross Country Team by Joseph Shivers, Paul Shivers

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By Joseph Shivers, Paul Shivers

A clean point of view enlivens this vintage tale a few wasting crew with an brisk new trainer. Written via Ohio young children approximately their excessive school's cross-country staff, this account bargains enticing pics of the children and their trainer, passes on classes of labor and sacrifice, and follows the ascent of the Salem Quakers cross-country crew to a first-place rating of their convention and 3rd position on the 2003 country championships. alongside the best way the kids examine the unromantic fact in regards to the athletic organization that regulates their highschool sport—legal wrangling and uproar happen whilst officers locate scoring mistakes in a postseason meet. As they strengthen their abilities and teamwork, the kids additionally research useful classes approximately activities ideas, forms, and real luck.

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42 Chapter 2- The Rivals Chapter 3 The Rollercoaster “Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit – Perhaps someday we will look back upon these things with joy” – Virgil The problems started well before the meet actually took place, when the meet officials were planning the race. They decided to go out of their way to prevent any scoring errors by introducing four backup scoring systems. As melodramatic as it sounds, this meet – like postseason events in all sports – had to run perfectly, or else the officials would face backlash from very angry coaches.

His spirits were lifted when Almond called, with relatively good news. Apparently the meet director had gathered an ad hoc committee to review the results, and was in the process of finalizing them. Almond promised to do his best to appeal the results, as they were not in Salem’s favor. Although Almond did not have the results in hand, he mentioned that since Paul had finished 25th, one place out of qualifying individually, there was a chance he finished in the top 24 with all the errors circulating.

Like Almond, he had run for Malone College, like Almond, he had won All– American honors multiple times, and now he trained daily with the head coach. Wilson paced the boys during some workouts and encouraged them during races, but otherwise kept a low profile. He did not want to take away from any of Almond’s status, and the two coaches’ philosophies differed on virtually every aspect of running. Wilson advocated running as hard as possible for as long as possible in races, training twice a day, and avoiding all refined sugar.

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