I went to the Conference Carolinas Cross Country Championships this past Friday and watched the young people wearing the Lees-McRae College colors proudly, giving their all in a human footrace. Freshman Emily Shields, from Salisbury, NC, finished 10th and broke 19 minutes for a 5k for the first time in her life earning her Freshman Runner of the Year.
In watching this, I thought to myself, what is success? It is all of the hard work and dedication that keeps her getting in the workouts, training, taking care of her body, sacrificing so much for this.
And then I hear about Megan Epperson, (St. John, IN) becoming the college’s all-time kills leader for women’s volleyball. Knowing the proud tradition we have had, and the teams, players who have come before Megan, I was left with the thought of how successful a career she has had. Currently our volleyball team is 13-0 and 44-0 in conference regular season play.
Or what about the great accomplishments of our women’s soccer team this year? They have gone 11-0 in the conference and won the regular season conference championship. Talk about success! Every time I watch them play I feel like each of those young women will look back on this season with a gleam in their eye because of this success.
What about our men’s soccer program who suffered a tough home loss on senior night and then rallied to play their hearts out against the No. 7 NCAA Division II team in Coker Saturday night? The game went into extra time, and finally our Bobcats pushed one past the end line on a corner kick and follow up by a freshman. Do you think the boys/lads/young men felt successful that evening?
I know, as the Director of Athletics and when we have a weekend like this, I do.
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And thanks for letting me share our success.