A Track Season to Remember
This year’s track team has achieved great success as several have recently returned from competing on the state level. They excelled in the district and regional meets, and continued to do so as they entered the State Finals in Orlando on Friday April 30. The group’s hard work and tireless effort paid off when many runners and relay teams came home after placing.
Prior to States, Coach Barry Cantrell said, “Our runners have displayed phenomenal poise so far, now we just have to finish.” The competition defined the team’s success and mission throughout the year, as they exemplified diligence and achieved their goals. The boys 4×100 relay team broke the school record in the Finals, while the girl’s 4×800 relay team finished in second, setting another new school record.
Going into the meet, Coach Cantrell expected great results but did not anticipate the exciting outcomes. The results of the state meet were excellent for CCA track standards, as the team qualified and placed the most runners in the state competition than ever before. A runner said, “This was a great year, and I’m glad we were able to achieve results for all of our work.”
“I have seen tremendous growth in both personal character and spirituality in the athletes,” further explains Cantrell. The team also used their gifts to further the Kingdom—volunteering at the Refuge and continuously praying throughout practices, meets and competitions. They supported each other in their pursuit of Christ and grew closer with one another as well as the season transgressed.
“God has truly blessed me this year, I am proud of what they accomplished in the athletic, scholastic, personal, and spiritual areas of their lives,” reflects Cantrell. The results of the competition were indeed outstanding in addition to the many other accomplishments on and off the track standard.