I don't remember the places at I got at individual meets, but I do remember running in downpours with my teammates, camping trips, talking about music, going out for pizza, movies, telling jokes on runs, and helping each other through tough times. Everyone one of the groomsmen in my wedding (other than family) were teammates I had run cross country with. I made friendships that I still have today.
Those friendships formed, memories made is the best part of being part of a team. It is one of the many reasons I coach. I want to provide other young people, and my own children, the benefits of being part of a team.