Friday was when everyone started to get nervous. We had everyone dress up for school because it was the state meet the most important meet in the season. Everyone just ran a quick easy 3 miles just to get ready for the big meet, we did 4 150’s after the run. Saturday the big meet, we left Central at 7 am because there was a coaches meeting at 9:30. But the teams weren’t allowed on the course tell all the Frost was gone. There was a 2 hour deal-a on the meet because he frost didn’t clear off so all the teams where stuck on there busses for 2 hours. When where finally able to get off the bus we were so happy. The girls race was at 1 and the boys at 1:45. It was warmer at that time of day then when we where supposed to run, so everyone had to take of all the warm gear they had on. Then came race time! The girls did great taking second and having 3 in the top 20. The boys it was a different story everyone ran there hardest but the course was really hard and most of us didn’t place as well as we’d hoped for. We ended up taling 12 out of 16 teams witch isn’t bad for the young team that we have. The next state will be better for both the boys and the girls and can’t to see how the next season goes. There will be a lot of us doing track. We will all try our hardest for that too. Couldn’t of ask for a better team to be named as a captain for. State didn’t go the way everyone wanted it to but we’ll have to come back stronger and faster next year. Love this new found family and all of the seniors. Both the girls and boys will be missed so so much it won’t be the same without them.
Ryan Meyer - Freshman Captain
This was it. The final week we had together, and last week of my last season. We stuck to the training schedule we had used for EDC. It had brought us many PR's so changing anything would've been unnecessary. That also meant cutting down a lot from our usual milage, and the icy weather outside also contributed to a change in workout length. Though the practices were shorter, this week didn't feel low-energy at all. Every day felt filled with anticipation for the upcoming week, and I loved seeing everyone cheer each other on. The day finally came, and we left on the bus at 7:00 AM. The race itself was less punctual, and we spent a good two hours on the charter bus, waiting out the frost delay. Eventually though, we found our way to the course and got to work. Regardless of the outcome, I know my teams worked very hard, and I couldn't be prouder. The finality of senior year hasn't hit me yet, but when it does, my memory of this last state meet-and the wonderful weeks that lead up to it- will be some of my best remembered. We will all miss each other, but I can't wait to visit next year and see everyone running again. Thanks for a great season, everyone.
Maia Jackson - Senior Captain
Well the final week before state has come to an end and with it the official season. It all began on Monday with some windy weather. The kids going longer mileage had the option to get dropped off north of town to avoid running into the strong winds. It was a lot of fun to run on the gravel roads, see a few cows, and even play a little "I Spy". On Tuesday we paid our last visit to the home xc course for the year(although we didn't know it yet). There we did a little speed work and practice ended early. The next day everyone met in Coach Allan's room to go over a little race day strategy and some goals. Afterwards, we went on a normal run down a bike path in East Grand Forks. Despite keeping our eyes peeled, we failed to see and any deer this time. On Thursday, the weather turned nasty and we went to the cardio room to do our final speed workout of the season. The intervals went by fast thanks to the incredible cheering led by Alexis. After, the whole team gathered and had our annual pre-state potluck where former GFC runner, Camron Roehl, gave a speech about his experiences as an athlete to motivated us for Saturday. On Friday, the girls team ran down a route we like to call "Apples". Since I've been on the team it's been sort of a tradition to take that route during the final week. Unfortunately, all of the girls got stopped on our way back by a train. However, we made the most of it and spent the long wait chatting and moving to stay warm in the cold. Finally, on Saturday, the team rode down to Valley City for the North Dakota state meet. Upon arrival we were told that the races were delayed as a result of frost on the course. It was okay though because we watched a movie, snacked, and hung out on the bus. After a couple hours, we were allowed onto the course. Excitement filled the air as everyone prepared for their races. At the end of the meet the boys team finished 12th, seven places better than expected at the beginning of the year. The girls team walked away as runner-ups in what I dare say was the closest North Dakota state meet in history. The scores ended up to be as follows: Davies 88, Central 88, Century 89(with Davies winning the tie with their sixth runner). In the end it's bittersweet to be so close. At the end of the day there's one thing I can say: I'm proud to be a Knight.
Rachel Torrey- Senior- Captain