My son Jacob is an incredible runner. He began running for Glencoe in both Cross Country and Track during his freshman year. He has made huge improvements each year, leaving me to wonder, is there a limit to how fast a runner can get?? I have not seen that limit yet in my son!
Well this year in Track he had some goals, first was to qualify for the Centennial Invitational, which he did by shaving a full 10 seconds off his time at the Wilsonville Invitational. Richard and I took Joseph and watched this race and it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! I blogged about this previously. Next, he desperately wanted to qualify for State in the 3000, his strongest event. His PR up until then was 9:20 at the Elden Keller Invitational. He went to Districts feeling confident that he had a great chance of going to State, what a great way to end his high school running career!
He ran the 3000 the same day my father was put in the care center. It was already a very emotional day for us all. Richard and I went to watch him run. He was doing so good, leading the pack the entire time! As he started into his last lap I remember asking Richard, "is he going to do it?" I was busy taking pictures and cheering him on. I was in awe at his drive to succeed. Then in the last stretch, two other runners made their move and after pushing hard the entire race, Jacob had nothing left to give. He ran his hardest and the look on his face as they passed him said it all. My heart broke for him, but it was such an amazing run I was so very proud of him! He crossed the finish line 3rd and right on the heels of second place. He needed to place first or second to go to state. As I write this I am so emotional, perhaps this is why I have waited so long to write this post.
|the final stretch|
On the way home we got Jacob some Gatorade and Chocolate Milk. He had to run the 1500 the very next day and I was worried how this would affect him. His coach suggested he take a cold bath and get a good night's sleep. His spirits remained high and I was so amazed at how he was handling it all.
That night Richard and I spent at the ER with my Dad. The next day was a blur. In the evening Richard and I took the little kids to watch Jacob in his final District run. He was seated 4th and it did not seem likely he would go to State, but we all still hoped somehow, some way, he would do it.
|He started out in 3rd place|
I have hundreds of pics from Jacob's District runs, but here are a few of my favorites from the celebration!
|Jacob and Abe: The Victory Chant|
|Really, Abe is ok, just taking a break....|
|Boys State Qualifiers|