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2015 NCHSAA 4A State Championships

4A State Championships
Ivey Redmon Park Park
November 7, 2015
Wet, muddy, warm
10:30am (2nd race)

Boys’ Results
 Matthew Staehle 49 17:13 I thought a top 50 showing would be a good race – nice.
 Quinton Meyer 61 17:23 You are a tough son-of-a-gun.
 Sam Terry-Edmunds 94 17:54 That was a good job of competing on a rough course.
 Wesley Ellis 124 18:44 I know you did all you could and I appreciate that.
 Kerwin De Paz-Donis 125 18:50 Ready or not…
 Thomas Armacost 128 18:57 Ready or not…

1-5 Gap: 1:36 is BIG
13th out of 16 teams

Jordan has made it to the State Championships 2 out of the past 3 seasons which is quite an accomplishment. Unfortunately, we have not fared well relative to the rest of the competition. Participating and competing are clearly two very different things.

We had some adversity and overcoming it was a challenge. I can appreciate the effort it took to race as 6 and in the sloppy conditions. The commitment to racing hard was there and I respect you guys for hanging tough. I cannot understand what Quin went through to finish that race, but I know it was painful. You represented yourself and the program with integrity and I am grateful for that.

Matt, you were a rock all year round. Your consistency and reliability is a trait of great leaders. I am impressed with your preparation and performances. I can’t wait to see you at the pinnacle next November when you are even stronger.

Sam, I’m glad your sophomore campaign is over. You were pretty darn consistent and that isn’t the case with most sophomores, so that was a pleasant surprise. I anticipate a tremendous improvement in the next year – if you work for it. I have faith in your abilities and dedication to a higher standard and look forward to the Big Jump.

Wes, we know you put up with a lot of pain and discomfort this year. Sticking with it and trying your best has earned you our respect. I hope that you can bounce back and have strong winter and summer events on the track. You’re due.

Kerwin, don’t fall into the trap and think you’re going to the championships every year. You must elevate your training in order to help the team ascend to higher heights. It is up to you to learn, grow and become a better runner. Keep the standards high.

Thomas, your progress has been awesome. Now it is time to take it to the next level. Just as my 123rd place finish propelled me to greater heights, so can this first race in the championships for you. Keep working to make yourself and the team the best.

For those of you who thought or said, “Next year…” - your time is now. Preparation for next year has already begun. Keep in mind your development is totally dependent on what you do in the next 8 months. I hope you strive for athletic greatness in your training because you have the potential to be the greatest team in history! In order to be a champion, you must train like a champion. In order to be great, you training must be great.

Until then…thanks for trying and doing your best.