This month has been filled with Rachelle’s track meets but I have enjoyed every minute of it. Rachelle runs the mile, 800 meter run, the 1600 meter relay and she does the high jump. Each meet she improves on her running and jumping. She placed first in both the mile and the 800 meter run in the last four track meets. Her best time for the mile is 6 minutes flat and for the 800 meter it is 2 minutes 42 seconds. At one of the meets, there were 19 schools competing and 38 girls competing in the mile and 36 girls competing in the 800 meter run. She was so excited to place first in that meet, and her team placed 4th out of 19 teams overall. It was a great day for all of the girls.
This week Rachelle didn’t have such a great week of jumping. She had to run both the mile and the 800 meter run before she competed in the high jump. She literally walked off the track from running 1 ½ miles and the official gave her 1 minute and 30 seconds to jump or she was disqualified. Rachelle was shook to say the least at this news. She tried her best to clear the jump but her legs were too tired and she was out of breath. That was a tough life lesson for her to learn. She didn’t think it was fair to have to jump so soon after running that far. My heart ached for her because it wasn’t fair but that is how life goes. Many things in life are not fair but you have to pick yourself up and move on. She stumbled a little bit on this life lesson but I was proud of her for at least trying to make the jump.
What impressed me the most though was the support she was shown from her fellow teammates and from the other competitors who she was jumping against. They were cheering her on and encouraging her every step of the way. A few of the girls who she ran against in the mile and 800 meter run even came over to the high jump area to show their support for her. They were all from different schools but they were so supportive of each other. It was one of those moments that are priceless. These kids are all great sports and they truly encompass what great sportsmanship is all about.
Rachelle has become very close with several of the girls from surrounding schools due to track. She sits in the stands and cheers on her teammates and she also cheers for her new friends from area schools. I don’t remember ever seeing this happen when I was in school. I am so very proud of these kids, they all have big hearts! I think Rachelle is going to miss her new friends when track is over but that is a few weeks away. Many of these girls she has found on Facebook but she says she will miss their weekly visits at the track meets.