As our Cavaliers head back to school each August, it’s hard to deny that it’s a shock to the system. With the ACA Cross Country season beginning that same week this academic year, Mr. Nugent and our XC Cavaliers had their work cut out for them and rose to the challenge every day after school. Adding 5 a.m. wake-up calls for Saturday runs required true perseverance. Indeed, the team’s hard work all season paid off on October 25th with an email from Coach Reed proudly exclaiming, “We’re going to STATE!!!!!!!!” At regionals, the girls’ XC team won first place and boys placed fourth, securing both teams spots in the State Championship meet. Mr. Nugent reflected proudly on our XC Cavs:
“I huddled them up before the race and told them to leave nothing in the tank, to run through whatever pain, doubt, and fear they had in them and they did just that. We had more personal records today than we have had all season.”
So, on a beautifully sunny Saturday in Carrollton, GA, the teams once again left nothing on the field at the State Championship meet. The girls took third place in their division, with senior Serena Kapoor coming in seventh and freshman — yes, freshman! — Anna Robbins right on her heels in tenth. Put a BOLO on Anna Robbins – she’s on the move!!
As a bystander, parent, and general fan of ‘our’ kids, it was yet another proud day for ACA – a proud day not solely because of our teams’ accomplishments, but also because of their sportsmanship and camaraderie. Each teammate cheered, encouraged, and high-fived, scrambling from one spot to the next to make sure every runner got their due.
And, then there’s Mr. Nugent. Books will be written, movies will be made about the man, the myth, the legend. You are the wind beneath their wings.
“Cross Country: No half times, no timeouts, no substitutions. It must be the only true sport.“
– Chuck Norris
The cross country team has more seniors than any other ACA team. Please congratulate them on a successful season and wish them luck as they set off to trail blaze another chapter in their lives. They make ACA proud.