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Multiple Teams · Cross Country ‘family’ shows why program is so strong

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” -Henry Ford
“The strength of the team is each member. The strength of each member is the team.” Phil Jackson
“Individual commitment to a group effort – that’s what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” -Vince Lombardi
Monroe Central’s cross country program’s theme is centered around “family” and team, and that may have been best displayed Thursday night at Goodrich Park in Winchester. The high school teams went and practiced in the park so they could be there to support the junior high teams competing for the Randolph County title later that evening.
They made signs, talked up the teams right before the meet, went on the course to cheer the kids on, and they all took a group photo together after both teams won the titles.
All the fans had to notice as it was the only high school group there – with signs – cheering the kids on during the race.
I only hope the varsity kids realize how much that means to those younger kids. I hope they said thanks – but as kids go you know that’s not the whole story.
Our cross country programs – as well as others – are very successful. And those younger kids look up to the high school kids. They hear what they say, they watch what they do. And yes, they are role models.
JH Coach Lesley Moulton sent this to the parents after the meet Thursday night – “I’m sure you were as impressed as I was with the high school team’s willingness to move their practice to Goodrich Park, make signs for our kids, and then stay to cheer on every single runner. That just doesn’t happen in every sport – CC is so special. If you see Coach Braun (who left our meet to go drive a truck all night) or Coach Hammers (who took off work early so he could come cheer on our kids), please thank them for the great idea and the extra effort it took for them to carry it out.”
Our HS team does a lot of team building activities and tomorrow all of that could come to cultivation as the boys and girls are 1 good race away from the teams advancing to the semi-state.
Saturday in the 2017 IHSAA Cross Country Regional #8 hosted by Delta High School at the Sports Plex the boys race starts at 10 a.m. with the girls set to start at 10:45 a.m. Admission is $5.

The top 5 teams and top 10 individuals not on a top 5 team will advance to the New Haven Semi State on Saturday October 21th.

The boys will be competing against Muncie Central, Wapahani, Delta, Muncie Burris, Pendleton Heights, Mt. Vernon, Lapel, MEC champion Blue River, and Anderson.

The girls will be competing against Delta, Randolph Southern, Muncie Burris, Union City, Yorktown, Pendleton Heights, Mt. Vernon, Lapel and Frankton.