NEW YORK STATE FEDERATION CHAMPIONSHIP
There are 2,053 high schools in all of New York State. Of those, only 35 get invited to run in this meet. Teams have to go through their district and county meets just to have a chance to qualify. You got through it all and then not only participated, but succeeded. I told one of you yesterday, "I do not think that you truly can appreciate what you guys accomplished this past season." New York State Cross Country is arguably the most talented, and the most competitive, of any state. For you guys to come in and reach the goal we set at the beginning of the season of a top 20 spot is truly a feat well earned and one that will be remembered by all of us for years to come.
On the way back from the meet yesterday I asked you what the hardest workout you did this year was. Some said the repeat 800s, some said the 3 2mile runs. I think the hardest was the 10 miler in 94 degree heat at Van Cortlandt Park way back at the end of August. I think it was that one because at that point in the year we still hadn't felt how good we could be. It was at that point that you started to grow into athletes with a common purpose. This past season you have grown and if you take a moment to think back to August which seems like a lifetime ago, you will see three things. You grew as a team. You grew as individuals. And most of all, you grew as young men. You put your faith in me, in yourselves, and in each other to accomplish a goal that you wanted. Did everything go perfect? No, of course not. In sports it rarely does. But hopefully in the years to come you will look back to this season and smile (I sure will) and realize that it was nothing less than magical.
Jack (1730)A great end to a very very good season. You have improved so much this past year. You have put in so much work and have put in so much effort to grow into the runner you want to be. In the coming months you will rebuild and in many ways start over. You are not a secret anymore to the league. You are one of the leaders in the Brooklyn Queens Division and in all of CHSAA. Some goals for you this coming indoor and outdoor season will be to run a sub 950 two mile and a sub 430 mile. Then we plan for the future, which is very bright. Though this season is over you have a long way to go here at Prep. For now enjoy this season, enjoy these memories because we start all over again next summer. Great job Jack!
Mike (1742) All season you have looked happy. I can't remember many times you weren't. But honestly what I have loved seeing from you has nothing to do with your races, though those have been great. It's the leadership and fire you have brought. I love that you take charge of the team to prepare not only in the hour before the race but in the days before. You have been quietly me and the other coaches' right hand man. This season could not have been accomplished without all your maturity, desire, and inspiration. I know cross country is your favorite season. And I just have a feeling that though yesterday was your last High School Cross Country race it wasn't your last race. I have a feeling we have not seen the last of you running in the hills and mountains. Great season Mike!
Matt (1803) Matthew. Think of how far you have come. As a freshman you almost broke 10 in cross country. At that point you were a young boy with potential. Now you have grown into a young man whose potential has started to flourish. You are stronger, faster, but mostly more confident in your abilities to succeed. You probably more then all others have grown not only physically but mentally as well as emotionally. Today you have learned to place a goal in front of you and how to achieve it. You will have a good track season and I look forward to seeing you continue to grow into the runner you want to be. But for now enjoy all your successes. Enjoy the memories of you pushing and becoming a huge factor in the CHSAA. Excellent work Matt!
Rob (1827) Last outdoor season I asked you to run the steeplechase. As I told you in the past, I asked you to run that because out of everyone, I think you are the strongest mentally. You have an ability that when things go wrong, or others slip, you pick them up. You have shown this countless times. From the NYC Championship to the CHSAA champs you have stepped up. But yesterday you pushed and picked us up like never before. When Charles and the rest of us needed you, you were there for us. You never quit, you never said "oh well I'm the fifth man, the other guys got it." You saw that someone had stumbled and you picked him up. You did the job he couldn't do at that moment. That is the sign of a true teammate. That is the sign of a true leader. But most of all that is the sign of a young man who is on the verge of doing great things not only in sports but in life in general. This season had many ups and downs. For you especially. From getting sick, to crashing into a pole, from kicking a ball too hard. Over and over you could have given up and said "I can't do this anymore" but you never did!!!! You just kept doing what you had to to make us great. THANK YOU ROB!!!
Charles (1846) I have always believed that life, and especially sports, are a collection of stories. In five years, or ten or twenty, I will tell the story of the 2021 cross country team. In that story I will speak of the young man who lost his shoe. I will tell the story of how he could have stopped, angry and defeated that the race didn't go how he wanted it to. I will tell the story of how instead that young man ran barefoot on grass, mud, sticks, and rocks to finish the race. How because of him the team now sits as a top 20 team in the state. I know this season hasn't been perfect or maybe even how you wanted it to go but its a season of stories. And the stories of the workouts, the races, the camaraderie are what you and I will remember. As you get healthy the next few weeks you may start to feel a little nostalgia for this season. That's ok. Because you will have a great indoor and outdoor season but remember all you learned the past few months both the good and the bad because it's with those lessons and those stories that you will move to the next level. Very good year!
Amare (1957) I hope you enjoyed your first full cross country season because you had a good one. What you did in terms of work, in terms of learning about your training, and how much you can accomplish will be shown in the next few months. We have high hopes and ideas for this coming season. But for now enjoy the moments of rest and remembrance as this team would not be the same without you. You bring a joy to everyone. But as the next few months pass learn from the others before they graduate because next year you will be the senior that others look for guidance from.
Jayden (2004) Such a big improvement. You have improved day in and day out for months. Your desire to better yourself can be seen daily. Your personality and dedication is inspirational. This team would not be the same without you. The biggest contribution I see you have made is to show everyone what one can achieve if they just get up every day and place one foot in front of the other. You don't worry about next week or next month you focus on today and making it the best workout or run you can do. With that attitude and mindset you will do great things not only on the track but off it as well. Thank you for a great season and a fun four years Jayden. Big things are in your future.
Parents: Thank you for three things
A) Reading my blog. I honestly did not know anyone read it. It's fun to make and I think it shows the boys how much me and the coaches care for them.
B) Allowing me to train these young men. I know some of my workouts may sound insane. I know many parents would scratch their heads if they heard their son say "Mom I have to go run 13 miles I'll be back in an hour and a half." Thank you for trusting me with them. I hope they made you proud.
C) Thank you for coming and seeing your boys run. The support they feel when they see you is overwhelming. Though they may not always say it (they are children still) they love you and appreciate all you do.
Till next year
BQ & CITY CHAMPIONSHIP
Congratulations on a well deserved victory. Though we knew we were the favorites for a BQ title, you all took the challenge seriously and with Pride. We placed all of our top five guys in the top ten. Which showed we were prepared for the first goal of the season. The more impressive feet was goal number 2 of the season which was to place in the Top Three in NYC. Again GOAL achieved. We had been chasing Farrell all season and because of all of your efforts we were able to defeat them by one point. This is a great day for our program. In two week you will be rested feeling fast and feeling healthy for the biggest test of all. To place in the top five at the CHSAA Catholic State Championship and receive an invitation to the NYS Federation Championship. This is a goal we can accomplish but we need all seven of you to prepare and focus on this very achievable goal.
Mike: (13:53) Three years ago you won the Freshman bq title. Now you are the Varsity Champion. Congratulations!!!! you have worked so hard to achieve this. From now on when the meet records get sent to all the coaches you name will be in the record books as the 2021 Champion!!!! Great great job. In two weeks you will be flying 13:40s or faster soon!!!
Jack:(13:58) Second in BQ is a very good achievement. I know you were bit disappointed towards the end but the you did not let up. if you had let up even a bit you would not have beaten the two barrel kids at the end. because of that we were able to secure our lead. Two weeks and you'll be ready to put the final touches on a very very good season.
Matthew(14:04) You looked so happy after the race. And you deserve to be. You have worked for months and all of it is showing. I genuinely believe you are ready for a sub 14. in Two weeks you will do just that. Matt your ready. great race yesterday and ahead
Charles (14:11) you pushed all week to be ready and you showed your potential and determination. Lets stay healthy finalize the finishing touches on your speed and in two weeks lets break the barrier that's been in from of you for a year. lets break 14!!!!
Robert (14:54) the time is irrelevant. The heart is what is important. You showed so much heart!!! When I saw you with 600 meters to go I screamed that to place in the top three as a team you needed to catch a whole group in front of you. YOU DID JUST THAT!!!! Without your heart without your determination we would not have achieved the goal. You were not only our fifth man but our anchor. You brought us over the goal line with purpose and joy. the guys all watched you coming down the straight away and knew you were giving it all you had. Unbelievable effort. We need one more big race out of you and that's in 2 weeks. We beat Farrel by a point Yesterday in two weeks if you do what I think you can we will go further. Lets stay healthy stay away from soccer balls, street signs, and the flu. You do this you'll be ready. Amazing job!!!!
Amare (15:45) Jayden (16:03) You two are ready to run faster. you can go out harder, you can be more aggressive. you can help us if you stick with rob. You guys have done so much work lets show it in two weeks. You will be rested and ready you just have to have the confidence in yourselves to go for it you have nothing to lose
Oliver (1604) The BQ JV Champion. Lets break 16 in two weeks. you can do it if you push just a bit more. But overall a definite improvement and respectable time in your first season of xc
Nick 17:23 Under 18 you are improving every time you race. Sub 17 next. For the first season of xc you have done well and it will make you stringer just keep going!!!
XC Mileage 2021
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SUMMER TRAINING 2021
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