Despite Adversity, Team Finishes Season Racing ToughSaturday, October 31 2009 - IHSA 3A Boys Cross Country Sectionals - Schaumburg
The 2009 season comes to an end for Highland Park Cross Country with a grueling race at the Schaumburg Sectional. The team was once again led by Ari Rothschild who did not have his best race. He got out after it in the first 400 and just could not stay up where he wanted to be on this day. We had a nice 2-4 pack with a senior (DJ Erf), a freshman (Jonah Hanig), and a sophomore (Ian Jacobs). Our top 5 was rounded off with our senior captain Garrett Smith running another gutsy race considering all he has been through. Quinn McAleer and Aaron Lidawer were our 6th and 7th team finishers.
Despite losing 2 guys to illness this week (both in our top 7), one guy to a line-up error last week (from our top 7), and a few to injuries (who could have been top seven runners), this team stepped up all season and never made any excuses. We are proud of what the team was able to accomplish despite adversity.
The challenge is now for the guys that return next year to make the commitment to get a team to that next level! It starts now. 365 days to dedicate to training to become a better, stronger, and even tougher runner. Make the commitment to excellence and help the tradition grow!
Thank you to all of the seniors for the leadership and commitment that they have shown while being members of Highland Park High School Boys Cross Country. You are now part of the history of this program forever. (Track & Field time baby!)