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Posted on October 28 2009

It hit me today.

This is it.

Today was my last Surf N’ Turf as a part of the LHS XC team, this whole season has been a string of lasts but I’ve been trying to not think about that much. Today while on Prospect, running the red light on Blaney, it all came crashing down. Four years have flown by as quickly as they came and now I’ll only be reliving Cross Country through memories of shared laughs, long runs, and visions of those perfect fall days where a run can cure everything. These four years have been truly amazing, every single one of them. They had their highs and their lows, but that’s life, we all fall down and it’s the ones that are able to get back up that stay up.

Who knows where I’ll be at this time next year, all I know is that wherever I am, I’ll be there because of Lynbrook Cross Country; the life lessons I’ve learned, the races I’ve ran, and the people I’ve met, these are the things that have made me who I am today. Answering the Senior Questionnaire is by far the hardest thing I’ve had to do; I mean how am I supposed to answer “How have I changed Lynbrook?”, I haven’t changed Lynbrook, it’s still the same, there are plenty of smart kids that only care about grades, and there is a fair share of kids that don’t care about grades at all. But those kids have nothing to do with me, I didn’t come to Lynbrook to change it; I came to Lynbrook to change myself. Thanks to Hank, Jake, and all the other amazing coaches that I have had the honor to call my coach during my four years at Lynbrook have led to me being the person I am today. They haven’t only made me a better runner, they have made me a better person.

It’s Jake’s advice on life and love that give me some reassurance the future will be a fraction as good as right now is, it’s his stories that give me laughs for today, and hope for tomorrow.

It’s Hank’s life lessons that tell me how I should act today and tomorrow, it’s his lava lamp that has shone me the way to happiness, it’s his words that ring through my ears as I push up the hardest hills.

Lynbrook Cross Country has completely changed my life and made me the person I want to be.

As morbid as it may sound; what Jake told me on the way back from Mt.Sac this weekend may be one of the soundest pieces of advice that I have ever received, and it wasn’t even intended to be advice. Jake told me that when he passes on he doesn’t care what is done to his body, “Where do you want your ashes spread?” “In the trash can” he replies with a grin. At first I pondered why he wouldn’t care about his body after death, but then it became apparent to me; that’s what it is after death. Your life has passed on and wherever your soul is; it definitely has left your body. Our mind, body, and soul are all things that we posses for a lifetime and it’s our job to keep them as sound as possible. Lynbrook Cross Country has done that for me. It has strengthened my mind by teaching me to never give up, no matter how challenging the endeavor, how steep the hill; there is always a peak, and when you reach it everything will be worth the pain. It has strengthened my body in obvious manners, but it’s the hard work that Hank and Jake have always preached that keeps it growing. And finally it has changed my soul as I no longer look for a place to fit in, I am who I am. I have found a family that will last me a lifetime and a love that will carry me through the toughest of days.

“The greatest thing in life is not in never having fallen, but in rising up again.”

I have fallen many times but thanks to LHS XC, I’ve always had a reason to get up and conquer the hill, no matter how steep it may be.

“It’s nice to be great, but it’s far greater to be nice.”

In two weeks we’ll know if we have what it takes to be great, but even if we don’t come out on top; we’ll be able to go home knowing that we are great people thanks to Hank, Jake, and all the amazing people that have had the pleasure of going through LHS XC.

teamgoofOur last ‘Woh Bundy’ is approaching us, let’s make it the loudest one ever.

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