Long Class Runs Deep

All photos couortesy of Rosalyn Costanzo

Community Contribution

The J.L. Long Middle School cross country team traveled to Carrollton Christian Academy Oct. 1 to compete at the CCA Invitational.

The Long team consists of a large group, and their accomplishments at this meet are astounding for so many reasons. Most of the runners have never run any kind of distance prior to three weeks ago, more than likely they have even surprised themselves. These kids are definitely on the radar now. 

Three team members, Garret Wood, Mack Reed, and Campbell Hotchkiss, earned special recognition for going extra mile during the meet. Even after completing their 3200 meters run they stayed to cheer on the girls, and when they noticed a lone teammate left on the course they ran to her side and encouraged her to keep up the fight.

Side by side, they all finished the race and brought the day’s event to a close. This kind of sportsmanship did not go unnoticed by the hosts and many other parents from other teams.

These guys really represented the spirit of these events and they deserve a big “Way to go!”

The team will run at Thursday’s Long Run and again this weekend at Norbuck Park. Saturday’s meet starts at 10:30 a.m., but these events run rather fast so it’s a good idea to arrive around 10 a.m. If you can make it by, please come out and cheer our guys and gals on. Otherwise, we will see you at the Long Run.

Thanks to Rosalyn Costanzo, parent of a Long student, for providing the words and pictures.


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