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Feven Fessehatzion | Lindbergh HS: "Lindbergh High School Cross Country"

Author: Feven Fessehatzion
Grade: Junior
School: Lindbergh
Mascot: Eagles
League: Seamount
Classification: 2A

Lindbergh High School Cross Country

After a long summer of training, the LHS XC team starts the school year off with great excitement. Just in the first week of practice we can tell it's going to be a challenging and enjoyable three months of cross country. The large group of freshmen are still just beginning to understand the sport, while the dominating junior class of the team anticipates the third year of our running careers. Things like our mile time trial, the name game, and watching the freshmen hilariously fail at drills mark the beginning of the new season.

With a long streak of winning the league championship for both boys and girls, and years of going to state as a team, we have the weight on our backs to continue the success LHS XC has always been. The guys' team is looking into the season with high heads to get on the state podium this year after just missing it the previous year with a 5th place spot. Also our girls have high hopes to reach our general goal of making it to state as a team. Spirits run high throughout our first meets as we place in multiple invitationals such as the Tahoma Coed Relays, Fort Steilacoom and Twilight XC Invitationals.

Although our success as a team is important to us, some of the core values of LHS XC are the aspects of family and togetherness. We have many traditions, such as our weekly team meetings we hold before Monday practices. In these meetings we highlight the previous meet by giving recognition to teammates who had a distinguishable race or that ran a PR (personal record). Every meeting we also write in our XC journals, in which we address our goals for the next meet. This is important in allowing us to grow as runners because writing down and setting clear goals leads to achieving them. Another team tradition is our pancake breakfasts, which we hold outside our schools’ weight room after Saturday morning practices. Following a tough workout, collectively enjoying pancakes made by teammates is a satisfying way to end practice. It’s also crucial in the development of our team’s character and attitude being that we use this time to bond and enjoy one another’s company.

LHS XC is an amazing team, and I am glad to have spent the past three years dedicated to such an outstanding program. It has allowed me to meet so many incredible and gifted people that I’ve had the opportunity to connect and build relationships with. LHS XC builds the work ethic of its members and has taught us perseverance and grit. We don’t just see one another as training buddies or competitors but as friends, best friends, and family. This team is my family and I don’t know where I’d be without it.




December 2015

12/16/2015 Michael Larson | Everett HS: "FAMILY"
12/7/2015 Feven Fessehatzion | Lindbergh HS: "Lindbergh High School Cross Country"

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