Cross Country has changed my life. And definitely for the better. I have made so many friends, discovered new things about myself, and accumulated a whole new family. Never in a million years would I have thought a team would become so much more.
The state meet, like I said earlier, was bittersweet. The team did very well! Three GFC girls got All-State honors, Karly: 1st place, Alexis: 7th place, and Mandy: 12th place. This is the most amount of girls we've had on the State podium ever since I've been running for Central. We also got 2nd as a team, and I could not be prouder of my girls! We went out and did what we were supposed to do. We ran our hearts out. I'm glad to have been apart of a team that works so hard for something they love. I will miss them all. This will forever be apart of my life.
Rachel Cox - Senior Captain
The state meet is my favorite and least favorite day of the year. It's my favorite because all the hard work most of us have been putting in since June has been for this day. It's my least favorite because it means that the official season is over. And it marks the beginning on the most boring period of the year. The time between Cross country and Track.
The state meet in Minot was a huge success for the team. The weather was perfect it was about 58 degrees with little wind. There was a lot of PR's. The trademark icon of the Minot meet is a ginormous hill that the boys have to conquer twice in the meet and the girls once. Three weeks ago when we came to the Minot course for the pre-state race the hill was the most feared thing that we talked about. I remember when I ran it a few weeks ago, after the first time I ran it I spent the entire rest of the race dreading running up it the second time. This time when we ran it at the state race the hill seemed to barely phase me. I think it defiantly helped us that we already ran on the same course earlier in the year
There is no greater feeling then the rush of excitement you get standing on the line with all the faster runners in the state looking right and left, wondering were you size up against the hundreds of runners on the line. The gun goes off and the battle begins. The greatest battle of the year, fighting against everyone who in their peak of fitness. The feeling of being on that battlefield is a feeling that I wish every human could experience because of the utter intensity.
I was impressed with the way all of our boys ran and I have high goals for us next year. Of the boys running in our top 10 only one of them is graduating. We were really close to a top 5 finish this year and I think if all of the returning boys work hard we can get a top 5 finish next year. I can't wait until next season!
Leif Larsen - Jr Captain