I sit here at 4:00 a.m., my usual wake up time during XC season this year. I am on my 1st cup of coffee. I am reflecting this morning on the sacrifices made by everyone involved in our team this year and how far that has taken us.
It is the morning of our District XC Championships. I think back to exactly 6 months ago, when the districts were realigned and we moved up to 5A. I wrote something down that scared the bejeebus out of me. It was the bio line on our official Twitter account (@Cedar_Creek_XC). I changed it to:
Official Twitter of the future 26-5A Cross Country Champions - Cedar Creek High School
Writing down my goals and making them public has always been a key indicator of how successful we would be. This one was scary. Cedar Creek is still new. We do not have established programs. No traditions. No winning streaks. Nothing to show us the way.
Today everything changes. Today is the day we show everyone what is possible with a dream and a sheer desire to succeed. We will blaze a path for others to follow. We will create a legacy. Years from now, this is the team that will be discussed. The ones who showed everyone else that hard work and determination will get you far. No amount of luck, wishing, or hoping will get you there. "The only thing that will save you in Cross Country is the unbreakable determination to run harder, for longer, than everyone else."
This is it. It is the dawn of a new era at Cedar Creek.