On May 10, the Christian Heritage Academy (CHA) track season had its last meet — the second Franklin County High School (FCHS) hosted, five team meet. Upon completion of the race, CHA formally ended its truncated, but significant, 2017 season under head coach Eric Miller.
But Miller, due to a sickness, couldn’t be in attendance to see his runners perform for last time. That’s when having an assistant head coach, like Miller’s assistant Todd King, comes in handy, who gladly stepped in for him at the meet. No aspect of the Knights’ performance was lost in Miller’s absence, either.
“He [King] was everything they [the team] needed him to be,” Miller said of King’s sideline support. “He took over like a boss.
“Regardless, meet by meet and practice by practice, they knew what the goals were, and by the time the meet rolls around, I’m just gravy. They don’t need me really; I’m about preparation.”
The most notable highlight came in the boys 400 meter dash, where something happened that hasn’t happened all season — CHA scored its first points of the season behind the legs of sophomore David Pate and junior Lee Dickenson.
In order to score points, runners have to finish among the top five. With King’s echoes of the “What time is it?” chant pouring in from perimeter of the track, Pate sprinted through the finish line in third with a time of 1:00.61, as Dickinson trailed him to a 1:02.03 mark in fifth place. What wasn’t quite realized by anyone at the event itself was that the Knights scored points at all.
Miller may not have been needed to be in attendance for his group to post those times, but his wily track experience from coaching these events immediately picked up on the placing as soon as he saw the results. Miller waited until his heralded end-of-the-season cookout before he enlightened the group of his findings.
Maybe they do need him after all.
“With no fanfare at all,” he said, speaking on the noteworthy finishes of his two runners. “I’m not even sure if coach King realized it. I know he didn’t realize it at the time that they had placed so high. …It was a good ending.”
Varsity FCHS Five Team Meet #2
|Girls 400 Meter|
|Girls 800 Meter|
|Boys 400 Meter|
|3||David Pate||10||1:00.61||5||Lee Dickenson||11||1:02.03|
|Boys 200 Meter|
|Boys 800 Meter|