Sports are — albeit fortunately and unfortunately — largely composed of contingencies. If all of the appropriate circumstances fall into place, the expected result should happen.
This has been the story for the middle school girls cross-country team at Christian Heritage Academy (CHA) this fall. Where the contingency lies is with the numbers on the team on race day — when the girls have had a full staff of runners, they have gone undefeated this season. The third time it happened was at the Knights-hosted Quad Meet Sept. 25, where the trio of Piper Doughton, Autumn Pate and Teresa Jamison captured second-through-fourth place, respectively.
Head coach Todd King kept it simple in his congratulatory remarks, saying, “Way to go girls” in his message to CHA.
The boys shared their own highlights in the same Quad meet. Freshman Evan Lawrence obtained fourth place after his blistering 20:26.83, shaving four seconds off his personal record (PR) for the season. Cameron DeBoer notched sixth, while taking over a minute off of his own record.
“I’m so proud of all our runners,” King also added.
The Quad was a good preparatory meet before the CHA-hosted, Fifth Annual CHARCS Invitational, which premiered over 200 total runners, seven PR’s for the Knights and four top-ten finishes.
Talk about a successful afternoon.
Lawrence had one of those top-ten finishes and finished in at 19:21.66. He smoked his previous personal record by a whopping one minute, five seconds.
David Pate wasn’t too far behind Lawrence, finishing in fourteenth with a 20:03.91 and 55 seconds off his PR. DeBoer, like Lawrence, lowered his PR with a 20:05:82.
Lastly, on Oct. 5, the Knights traveled to one of the most difficult course setups they run on all year — Faith Christian — and the times were indicative of the layout.
But what wasn’t indicative of the layout was the finish of the middle school girls – again – who corralled their fourth team win of the season. Doughton, Pate and Jamison claimed their usual positions of second-through-fourth to continue on in what might be considered the most dominant middle school season performance of CHA XC history.
In the 5k race, the Faith Christian boys finished first, but the Knights were only one place behind them out of six total teams — “a tremendous achievement in itself,” King said.
It is officially crunch time for Christian Heritage cross-country. “Lets finish strong and do something special,” King said.