Clarion-Limestone Lions Cross Country Honors Athletes With Banquet (11/11/19)

(Photo Submitted: Lions-Cross Country)

(By Coach Nicole Oakes)

On Sunday night, November 10th, the Clarion-Limestone Lions Cross Country team met in celebration of the accomplishments this season including five KSAC champions, two all-conference athletes and a State qualifier, all from the small team of 14 total athletes on the combined Junior High and Varsity Team.

In addition to the recognition of medals and accolades won this season, the Lions also took time to each share their favorite memories of the season, and most importantly acknowledge each other. Each lion recognized up to three other teammates that they admired, were proud of, or appreciated during the season.

Teammate Jessica McCracken created a video of clips that was shared that showcased some of the best moments of the season. Many images and video clips shared the silly fun and team bonding experiences that occurred during practices. Additionally, the video, showcased the teams’ many service projects, including the 3.43 for the 343 on 9/11, campus trash clean up, painting on the elementary playground and hosting a fun run for the elementary students.

At the banquet runners were each presented with the goal sheets that they filled out early in the season and had revisited every few weeks. Those who had achieved goals they had set for themselves were commended. Two runners, Cody Whitling and Nate Megnin, never got the chance to put down on paper their goals for the season, but these boys were also acknowledged for the different sort of challenge that they undertook this year as they participated in two demanding varsity sports; both cross country and soccer.

The overall fun loving sense of community developed this season on the Lions Cross Country team would not have been complete without the announcement of the 2019 XC Superlatives with categories including; team leader, worst staying safe while road running, best core, best attitude, and most likely to run a marathon.

The evening of fun and celebration was rounded out with an exciting look to possibilities that are ahead for the Lions in 2020. The Lions lose no seniors this year, and look to continue growing the team next year, building even more friendships and hopefully making an even bigger impact on their community.

(Thanks to Coach Oakes for the article and the Lions for the photo. Congratulations on a great season Lions!!!!)