State was at Sugarhouse Park, and it was a beautiful day. Brenden had a good start to the race, and was running about 16th in the pack for most of the race. For much of the season, his teammates stayed pretty close together in a run, with one of three pushing through at the end. With one mile left, he was the third among the Bear River team members. His goal this year was to PLACE in the top 10... and (secretly), to beat the team member that had out-run him at region.
He met both of his aspirations.
He placed 9th overall... and in the last 50 yards of the race, he turned on the speed and passed his teammate.
|The last 10 yards to the finish. His teammate was not happy about getting passed.|
With teammates taking 5th, 9th, 10th, 12th positions... we knew the team would fare well. Bear River had never taken a state championship before. Moments later it was announced they were 2010 STATE CHAMPS!!! I was glad I had ran to the fence by the finish line, because I was in the middle of the celebration that occurred when it was announced.
Cheering, hugging, high fives, the team cheer, smiles, phone calls, spraying of water over each other, and whooping and hollering.
So much fun to watch.
So much fun to be part of the excitement.
So much fun to see Brenden accomplish HIS goals, and have this to top it all off.
After the getting his award for placing in the top 10, the team accepted the trophy for 1st place.
Brenden was funny.
More than once he said, "I can't stop smiling. My cheeks hurt".
This has instilled the winning spirit in him. He is determined to have success in track this spring. He is going to be running indoor track this winter, and has already had me send him a couple cds with running songs on it. He could do well this spring. If he keeps up his motivation and training.
NICE JOB guys... what a great way to end the cross country season!