SCA Student-Athlete Races to All-American Status

Logan Morris (7th grade) traveled to Hoover, Alabama this past weekend to compete in the USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships.  Logan joined 234 other 11 and 12-year-old girls from all across the nation.  The event kicked off with an Opening Ceremony on the campus of Samford University where she heard from Chris Solinsky, the American Record-Holder in the 10,000 meters.  He encouraged the athletes to dream big and set goals along the way to help them accomplish their dreams.  Saturday was "Race Day."  It was a cool morning with a slight breeze.  When the 3,000 meter race began, Logan found herself surrounded by a mass of girls trying to find their spot in the lead pack.  At the 1 mile mark, Logan was in 33rd place.  As the runners made their way around the wooded path, Logan passed 24 runners to move into 9th place.  As the lead pack made the turn towards the finish line, Logan was able to pass one more runner to take the 8th place spot with a time of 11:26, only 23 seconds behind the winner, Claire Graves from Southern California.  Saturday evening, Logan attended the Award Ceremony for the top finishers where she received a plaque with her bib numbered framed and a medal recognizing her as an All-American runner for her race.  When asked about her overall impression of the race, Logan said, "It was a great opportunity to run with the top girls in the nation. Running against these girls really pushed me to run a hard race.  I was able to meet many nice girls who were friendly even though we were competing against each other for the same title. I had a great experience and plan to use it to improve and return for another shot at the title next year at Myrtle Beach."