Personal Narrative: The 2005 Cross Country Team

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The 2005 Cross Country team had the entire top five from the previous season back, had lost two people who decided that making a commitment wasn’t for them, and added, among others, a new sophomore, who would end up being a future Atlantic Coast Conference Steeplechase Champion in college.
When the season began, no one was really sure how good we could be. The only thing they were sure of was that they wanted to be part of the sixth consecutive State Championship team.
In our opening meet at the Windham Invite on September 17th, while Tradelle and Chris finished in first place in the Varsity II race, the world would get their first look at future Olympian, Donn Cabral, in a cross country race. That particular race had many of the top teams in the state that year, and despite taking the first two places in the race, the team finished in fourth place behind Amity, Glastonbury, and NFA.
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That year, was a bit more complex because of the new runners we had acquired. But, from the early showing, it appeared we had loads of potential to work with.
Jason Cusack, who had run on the track team in his freshmen year and had decided to give cross country as hot, would turn into one of top runners by the end of his high school career. While his beginnings to the sport weren’t exactly eye-opening, his commitment to running would pay huge dividends not only in high school but during his four years at Virginia Tech, as well.
Prior to that season, the team and I had decided that, for a change, we’d like to travel out-of-state to race. I was fine with it, but, for me, there was one stipulation: As long as it wasn’t going to the Manchester (NH) Invitational. While the meet was well-run and the people were great, something crazy always seemed to go wacky at that race for us, and I needed a