When I went out to the Olympic Trials in June this saying was everywhere. It was on posters, billboards, the back of T-shirts, and even on the sides of buses around Eugene. And when you think about it's meaning it's absolutely true. No other track and field team in the world is more difficult to make than the U.S. Olympic team. There are over 300 million people living in the United States today, yet only 3 Olympic spots available in each event. To be one of the best in the United States it takes a lot of determination, hard work, and commitment to be on top. Knowing that other athletes are working just as hard toward the same goal only pushes these men and women to be at their best. When you watch our athletes compete on the track in the Olympic games over the next week realize that it was not just hard work, determination and commitment that helped these athletes make the team. It was also having a large group of American track and field athletes behind them that were also trying to make the team, pushing everyone together to be their best.
Mountain Vista XC is very similar. We are one of the hardest XC teams to make in the state of Colorado. This summer I've watched over 100 determined and committed runners work extremely hard. However, not every member of our team gets to run at the state meet, or gets the opportunity to be in our top 7 JV. But everyone on the team does play an important role in helping us achieve our team goals. There are a lot of athletes on our team trying to earn those spots, but along they way your hard work as an individual is making the team better. You are helping push your teammates along so that they can be at their best. In turn, the team is helping you to be a better runner as an individual.
Recently, there have been a number of really nice articles written about us on co.milesplit.com:
Mountain Vista Girls: 4 Years in the Making (click)
Mountain Vista Boys: Following the Pied Piper (click)
These are really great articles, but one thing they don't address is the fact that there are a lot of people on this team that contribute. There are a lot of young men and women here that push each other every single day to be their best. Athletes that everyday do their part to make the team as a whole better. And it doesn't matter if you are running in the Frosh/Soph races, Open, JV or varsity, everyone here is important.
We are all in this together and we make each other better people and runners along the way. We certainly have the opportunity to do some special things this year if we keep working towards our goals. Articles like the ones above are nice, and hint at things that are possible, but today is only August. We still have a lot of work to do before we are capable of achieving our team goals. Nothing is going to be handed to us and the process will certainly be challenging. This is one of the "Hardest Teams to Make." in the state, but this team is in it together. No matter where you place, we are still a team and still a family. We push each other to be our best, but also pick each other up when we fall short. Everyone on the team plays an important part here, and myself and the other coaches are very lucky to be able to work with such incredible young men and women each day.
August 6th-12th Schedule
Mon: MVHS Track 7:00 a.m.
Tue: Rocky Heights MS 7:00 a.m. (Tempo/Fart-lek day)
Platte River Park Res. 6:30 p.m. (Upperclassmen Only)
Wed: The Bluffs 7:00 a.m.
Einstein Bagels on University/Colorado Blvd after practice
Bring $$$ to eat
Thur: MVHS Track 7:00 a.m.
Audubon Center at Chatfield 6:30 p.m. (Jr/Sr Boys Only)
Fri: Redstone Park 7:00 a.m.
Sat: Run on your own or with a teammate
Sun: Optional Run