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Men’s Cross Country Team Finishes Third

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In the last weekend of October, Carthage College men’s cross country team went out with confidence in their stride at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championship. The team ran their way to place third of 9 overall, finishing better than they had in nearly four decades. Despite the season’s struggles, the Red Men have accomplished quite a feat.

At the beginning of the season, before classes had begun, there was an immense expectation for what the season could hold. The feeling was one of hope.

The difference between this season and a typical season, however, was a shift from a team that merely hoped to take third place in meets to a team that stepped onto the starting line expecting to take third. This shift was eloquently put by Robert Miner, ’18.

“The change made this season was from just dreaming about making things happen to actually making them happen. It has helped me grow into an individual who does not just hope but can confidently do what I set my mind to,” Miner said.

It was this build up and hard work that allowed the team to finish on such a good note. They were able to overcome the challenges and get to a place of confidence from specific help and good goal setting by Head Coach Joshua Henry.

“Not everything this season has gone right. We have battled key injuries and other setbacks, but it’s the fact that we’ve been able to rise above those challenges,” said Henry.

And rise above they did. The team’s top runner Suneed Ahmed, ’19, placed 9 in the varsity race.

“I feel it was a great race for most of us as individuals,” said Ahmed. “The hard work the team puts in every day led to our success at the end.”

The team’s shift from a place of hope to a place of confidence is a source of true pride. Coach Henry reflected the success back onto the dedication of his runners.

“The result of the end of the season definitely shows the hard work that has been put in by the team and their desire to take the program to new heights,” said Henry

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