The Grain Valley Eagles Cross Country team has celebrated a number of strong performances so far this season, but it is the team’s actions outside of competition that has impressed their coaches.
Head Cross Country Coach Nick Small explained the team’s theme for this season is “More Than Running.”
“Our team is progressing well this season. They have really bought in to our theme this year. Eating habits, sleeping habits, the little things before and after practice like rolling, dynamics, mental training/education, giving back.—all of it. As a coaching staff we take pride in how they have approached each race and they have had some pretty solid performances against some of the best teams in the state,” Small said.
“Even more, what makes us most proud is the love they show to our community. For the last 2 weeks, members of our team have organized on their own to pick up trash at local trails we run consistently. They noticed a problem and they mobilized to fix it. They meet before our runs, donating their time. As coaches, we have been blown away by their self organized philanthropy and the joy in which they give back. I am truly honored to coach this team.”
See Sports for results from GVHS Cross Country’s recent meet.
Photo courtesy Grain Valley Cross Country