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"All it takes is all you got." - Marc Davis
Anybody that runs for Bishop Blanchet Cross Country knows there are two constants in the program: hard work and winning. Our coach drives home hard work and winning through the value of consistency, consistency, consistency. At Blanchet, we are consistent; hard work has always led to winning.
Although cross country is often treated as a sport to join for fun, the serious side is an undeniable correlation between consistent hard work and success. It simply is not possible to win anything in cross country without determined effort. Whether a league meet or the state championships, training is the key to success. There is no cross country program in the state of Washington that has demonstrated the level of consistency that my school, Bishop Blanchet, has demonstrated over the years.
Even at our school, the deep history of the cross country program is trumped by the fact that our football team is ranked 10th in state. You don’t need to look hard to find evidence of the talent that has walked the halls over the 59 year history of Bishop Blanchet; head to the main gym and take a 360 degree view of the walls. The walls are adorned with eight cross country State Championship banners, 23 Metro League championship banners, and impressive school records. Beyond these feats, our team has made the trip to state 35 years in a row and 47 years total, both state records. These gym walls do not even begin to tell the full story of Blanchet Cross Country.
To really experience what it feels like to win in a Blanchet singlet and shorts, you have to invest. At Blanchet, success over the past four-plus decades has been a result of total investment 365 days a year. Winning is fun, but we win everyday, not just on the day of state; we win over the 364 days preceding state. Running 40-60 miles (and maybe a little more) every week of the year may not appeal to all people, but to the “hard-cores,” consistency, as my coach puts it, is all that matters. Sometimes, I think to myself, “Well, this is going to hurt, a lot.” There is only one thing that makes me push through this mental barrier and that is the gift of success.
Even though my classmates don’t come to my meets, preferring a Saturday afternoon at Naish Field, even though I don’t get school-wide glory, I could not enjoy cross country more. Although this might sound cheesy, thinking about what people have gone through and what is possible for the future gives me the chills. Put simply, running and winning with my Blanchet cross country teammates is the best part of my day. Hanging out with friends is fun and succeeding in school is important, but adding to and leaving a legacy is BBHS tradition and responsibility, a true life lesson. I’m proud to be a part of BBHS cross country.