Pirate Cross Country
Meeting 5/31/12 in Pit During Lunch
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To the Men and Women of Pirate Cross Country;
We begin the 2012 Cross Country season with unfinished business from 2011. We started last year with a barrel of ambition, our barrel is still half-full, and in the interceding six months the barrel has been topped off with new and talented athletes ready to make their mark in our greatest endeavor. We are returning SIX men under 10 minutes for two miles. We return 8 of our top 14 from cross country, a team that was the deepest in Mercer County history. On the girls side we have reached the end of an era. For the past seven years our team has been led by a Kellner. We are now beginning another chapter that is sure to be just as exciting. Our new era is a full of promise, possibility, and expectancy.
Both teams are hard-working, enthusiastic, and devoted to the ideals of Pirate Cross Country; a program that he become synonymous with integrity and grit. Together over the past seven years the Men and Women of Pirate Cross have epitomized what is most virtuous in athletics and life. We have faithfully reinforced the human truths that toil, adversity, perseverance, and enthusiasm can unlock sleeping giants in ordinary young men and women. Pirates of the past, present, and future are those of us who humble ourselves to the esteemed rule of life, that is that if we allow ourselves to lovingly pursue a journey with unwavering hunger and attention we together can continue to conquer great obstacles.
One thing can be assured. Our system works. If you follow the physical regimen assigned you will achieve a level of physical nirvana never experienced before. However, this is only a portion of what will catapult us towards our potential greatness. We need to have a positive collective energy that cooperatively urges us forward in order to create a culture of fulfillment.
Goals. This season we will have no concrete benchmarks in which to shoot for. Instead I want us to attempt achieving a certain sense, a state of collective being. A sense that at the finish line of our last race that we are closing a door on a very important chapter in our lives. A sense that what we accomplished was timeless, meaningful, and perpetually developmental. My biggest fear in life is being ordinary, ineffectual, and forgettable. I want to pass this fear on to the Pirates of 2012. I want all of us to personally invest on making the most of this season. I’m convinced that if we do this we will achieve triumphs yet unrealized. It starts now, by having each other’s back, by planning around practice, by making this season a priority.
We are now starting a trip, a journey. Use this packet as a map. None of us will stop until everyone gets to our destination. Now let’s GO!!!!