Son #1, who is now a senior (can you believe how fast time flies?), is going with his high school cross country team as an alternate. As an alternate, he's not scheduled to compete unless another runner is unable. Still, he's thrilled to be asked.
He's been running his heart out since the 9th grade. He's not incredibly fast, but very persistent. Lots of stamina. He's gone from the bottom of the pack -- literally, the first year, he came in last for the first several meets -- to in the top 12 on his team.
He's worked hard, great team spirit. Even if he doesn't run at State, being asked to make the trip is a great way to end his high school running career!