Congratulations Andrew Gordon

This past weekend, Andrew Gordon, attended and  competed in the Missouri Class 3 State Championships. He was fortunate to be able to compete in 3 events. Andrew started off the weekend Friday afternoon with the 1600 meter run. Last year he placed 5th at sectional race by the tip of a nose and was unable to attend state in this event. He worked all year-long and finally earned his spot in the field. A great way to end his senior year with a Personal record of 4:28 and a 5th place finish at the 2013 State Championships.

The very next day, weather was quite intense all morning. I was afraid they were going to call off the races. Luckily the weather moved through quickly and the races were still in order. Andrew’s high school track team was able to compete in the 4×800 relay, Andrew was the 4th leg of the relay and ran his 800 meters in a time of 1:59.  Just a few hours later He turned around to race in the 3200 event. I have always thought this was his strongest event. While sitting at dinner with my husband on Friday night, I made a comment, that if Andrew played his cards right he could win. I was super anxious as I was awaiting his results. Moments later my phone lit up with a 2nd place finish by Andrew. He ran an amazing race, .08 seconds from claiming the title. However, I am still so excited Andrew also ran an amazing personal record of 9:39. Going into the race most spectators would notice he was only ranked 5th. Andrew knew what he could do, and he turned around and showed everyone he has what it takes.

A great end to a wonderful high school career. Today Andrew graduates high school and will be attending Southeast Missouri State University in the fall, where he will be running and taking his talents to accomplish more feats.

Good Luck and Congratulations Andrew on a job well done!!!!DSCF1477

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State Champions and All State Runners

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When  Seth came to talk to me before his 1600 meter race, there was something different about him. His excitement and anticipation were not forced. He was calm and most importantly, CONFIDENT. If you have read any of my previous posts, you will notice how I am such a believer in the power of the mind. Our minds are stronger than any muscle in our bodies. Seth Believed and he Achieved the ultimate victory at this point in his racing career. Sweeping the State meet with 2 Gold medals and PRs is more than we could have asked for.

Friday started off with his 1600 meter event. We knew the race was going to be a race between Seth and 2 other runners. Seth knows and has studied how the other runners race. He knew what he needed to do to pull a win. During the first 2 laps I was nervous. Thinking he was taking it a little too slow, but Seth knows the race starts on the 3rd lap, and he was doing exactly what he needed to do. He was patient. When the bell lap hit, Seth took off. Along the back stretch I could barely hold it together. Was he going to pull this off. 200 meters and he caught both runners. Over taking them with 150 meters to go. Coming down the 100 meter straight away with a grin so big across his face. He knew he won before he ever crossed the finish line. 4:28 was a new PR and 6 seconds off of the State record. Next year Seth will slaughter the record.

Saturdays’s race was very similar to Friday. Seth used the same tactics and broke the 10 minute barrier, crossing the finish line in a time of 9:59. Second place was 10 seconds behind. He was gutsy taking off with 2 laps to go. The gap between him and his competitors only grew. Seth did it again! The State Record is a 9:36, another goal for his next 2 years. For now, Seth will take his wins and celebrate.

Congratulations Seth, We are all so proud of your accomplishments this year!

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Maria also had an amazing State experience. Her high school’s 4×800 meter relay team winning the GOLD! Maria also qualified for State in her own events, the 3200 and 1600. Friday Maria raced in the 3200 meter event. She was looking to out do last years performance. Which she did.   Maria ran an amazing race. She was very strategic and ran so strong. I was so impressed with her race. Coming in 6th place which earned are All State Honors. The following day she race her 1600 meter event. She looked very ready and excited prior to the race. I knew it was going to be a great day for her. She fought so hard. Chills were racing though me the last 2 laps she sprinted hard at the end and was one second shy off her personal best time. She placed 5th and took home a 3rd place team title as well. Maria really did clean up the State meet. Scoring in all of her events. What and accomplished young women!

Congratulations Maria, You worked so hard this season and it seriously paid off.

Watch Seth’s Interview here.

For complete results click here.

 God has perfect timing; never early, never late. It takes a little patience and it takes a lot of faith but it’s worth the wait. 
    – unknown

Don’t Look Back

When the gun goes off, don’t look back. The finish line is in front of you. Keep your eyes up and your mind focused. As long as your head stays in the race, you have a shot. The moment you take your mind out of the race, is the moment you can lose it all.

To lay it all out, there is going to come a point in the race where you question yourself , ability, and heart. You have to believe in everything you have done. The person next to you may have ran faster times than you or more miles all season long. However, what matters most is what your mind is telling you. Your mind is more powerful than your legs. Therefore, it is up to you to work through all the rough patches which will inevitably pop up during your event.

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Remind yourself why you are out there. It is because you work hard. You put in the time and effort. You deserve a chance just like everyone else on the starting line. Everyday is different. This could be your day. When the official calls you to the line, Smile, and make it a great smile. My mom always told me she knew I was going to have a great race when I was smiling on the starting line. I smiled because I was so blessed to be out there. I was given an opportunity to race, and that is exactly what I was going to do, RACE.

DSCF1072No matter what happens this weekend. As long as you are running for the pure joy of the sport and give all you have, you have already won! Just don’t look back,  Once you take the  first step, there is no going back, you can no longer change anything. You just have to go for it!

“Somewhere along the line you changed. You stopped being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you’re no good. And when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame… like a big shadow. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit, it’s about how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. If you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits and not go pointing fingers, saying you ain’t what you wanted to be because of him, her or anybody, because that’s what cowards do!” – – Rocky

“Great moments are born from great opportunity. That’s what you have here, tonight, boys. That’s what you’ve earned here tonight. One game. If we played them ten times, they might win nine, but not this game. Not tonight. Tonight, we skate. Tonight, we stay with them, and we shut them down, because we can! Tonight, WE are the greatest hockey team in the world. You were born to be hockey players, every one of you. And you were meant to be here tonight. This is your time. Their time is done, it’s over. I’m sick and tired of hearing about what a great hockey team the Soviets have. Screw ’em. This is your time. Now go out there and take it!” -Herb Brooks

Class 1; Section 1 RESULTS

photo (4)“Having fun gives you wings, and then there is no stopping you.” (Torsten Abel)

By the looks of things, Maria and Seth are having the time of their lives.  Both runners attended the Sectionals competition this past weekend.  To move on to the finals runners must place in the top 4. Once you earn your spot, you have the opportunity to head to Jefferson City for the Missouri State Championships, which will be ran this upcoming weekend.

Maria started us off racing in the 4×800 meter event, where her high school team won the event. Salisbury’s 4×800 team are the leaders going into the final event.  A few hours after Maria helped her team qualify for the State championships she raced her own individual events, the 1600 and 3200 meter runs. She finished both races with season best times (5:44, 12:28) as well as earning her spot to compete this weekend. Maria is on track to peak just in time for State.  Based upon sectionals performance she is ranked 5th in the 1600 and 4th in the 3200 meter event. One thing to keep in mind is that on race day anything can happen. Looking at the results and the other runner’s times both races will be worth watching. Whoever truly believes deep down within their guts will win. Matt Fitzgerald quotes in his book, RUN, ” Every athlete on the starting line of the women’s 1500 m final of the Olympic Games believes she can win the gold metal in the sense of wanting to believe it– willing it. But only a few of them believe it in their bodies; only a few believe it in the sense of being confident it can happen.” If Maria truly wants it bad enough and believes in her ability more than any other girl on the starting line, I know she has a shot at capturing the GOLD.

Seth never ceases to amaze me. He is constantly running remarkable races. From what I was told, the 1600 meter race was very intense. The last 400 meters was a full sprint between Seth and his competitor. Seth inched him out crossing the finish line with a new personal best, 4:33. When I heard his time goosebumps overwhelmed me. Personal bests at the end of the season are exactly what we want. You need to be at your prime. Without a doubt I believe in Seth’s ability as a runner. He turned around shortly after his new PR to run a 3200 meter race practically by him self racing in a time of 10:17. Seth won both his events at Sectionals and is leading the field heading into State. I am not saying the race this weekend will be easy, because it won’t be. However, he knows what he is capable of doing, he just has to do it. Seth loves running and loves this sport. Someone with such great passion for the sport can not be beat!

With the last race starring us down, I have no worries.  Both runners have done all the work leading them up to Friday and Saturday. Steve Prefontaine said it best, “Racing is a work of art.”

Go paint your Canvas with GOLD!

Class 1 District 2 Results

The season is starting to wrap up. This past Saturday I drove to La Plata Missouri to watch Seth and Maria participate in the District track meet. The day was quiet gloomy. Not much sunshine that is for sure. To be 100% honest. I am really missing the sunshine at the track meets this year. However these gloomy conditions are not affecting the runners what so ever.

Maria started us off coming through her 1600 meter event posting her fastest time of the season, 5:46. With the fear of a thunderstorm striking down, the races were moving relatively fast. Within an hour of completing the 1600 meter event it was time to head to the starting line for the 3200 meter. Once again, Maria was ready to tackle anything. She completed the race with another season’s best, 12:31. Maria earned herself a 2nd place finish in both events, therefore will be heading to St. Louis next week to compete in Sectionals. The top 4 out of each district moves onto Sectionals. From there the top 4 move forward to the final race of the season, STATE!

Seth once again blew his competition away. He participated in 3 events all which were run within an hour and a half. Seth’s time might not be his fastest, however not many high school runners have the ability to run one event right after the other and smoke the competition. It takes a lot of strength and endurance to pull a stunt similar to what Seth pulled this weekend. Running by himself for a majority of his races, he came through winning all 3 events and progressing onward to Sectionals this upcoming Saturday. Luckily in St. Louis there will be some competition for Seth. with a  little competition we will most likely see those times we have had our eyes on all season.

Best of Luck to All Runners and Great Job at Districts.

I will end with one of my favorite quotes from Steve Prefontaine,

“Something inside of me just said ‘Hey, wait a minute, I want to beat him,’ and I just took off.You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.”

Keep this in mind this week! You run because you LOVE IT!