Saturday, November 7, 2009

Yeah, Pick North!!!...Congratulations Coach Starkey!!!

Sorry, sorry,....but since this blog is like a diary to me, today I'm just a mom and have to brag a bit. Tim's high school cross country team went to state! It is an all day event in Columbus and teams from all over Ohio who qualified are there. If you think of the major cities in Ohio...Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo, Akron, Cincinnati and all the other cities, towns and villages in between, -the fact that Tim's team even qualified was a major event! (at least in our family:-) The top 15 teams run in each division. There were girls teams that ran in first, second and third divisions, JV and Varsity and then boys. Tim coaches boys teams at Pickerington North HS in Columbus, a division one school. As we entered Scioto Downs race track, we saw Tim's JV team right away...like finding a needle in a hay stack, so we followed them to watch for team support. Larry thought we were following for another reason...
Cute bunch of kids with a LOT of spirit!!!

I may be getting old, but I was glad for them that it was a warm day!
We smiled when we decided that they like Tim enough to write his name on their backs...(in the red baseball cap with the smiley face undies!!)

This doesn't begin to show how big this place is or how many people are there, but gives you a pre-race idea.
They"re off!!

We found Tim with the aid of binoculars. Here, he and his assistant coach "Chap" (for his last name) are running across the field (under the W) to watch the action and encourage.

First runners coming in....

Coach Tim reflecting after a good race. (Tim, check out the flag by you..."Refuel with chocolate milk"...lol! Cooper LOVES his chocolate milk!!!)

With the team after "cool-down" crossing the field to get their awards...

They came in a very respectable fifth!! Congrats!!!

Tim was interviewed by reporters......

then saw us and jumped a fence to come greet us. We felt again, like we did watching him in sports and school activities growing up....

full of such sweet pride and love like I'm sure the parents of these boys do!

Reflecting...
Proud moments...



Still giving advice?? Actually I was so glad we could be there, Larry's been under the weather all week but wouldn't have missed this for the world!

Getting their medals...

Pats on the back....

Cheers on the announcements....

-and the best support a coach could have...a good wife!! (We wished the littlest member of the family had been there to cheer the guys on too, but alas, they are saving his energy for running in 2020 more or less...)

Great day, Great race!!!....and then the ride home....



3 comments:

yaya said...

I'm so glad you had warm dry weather. Congrats Tim! Nice job! It's ok to be the proud Mama, that's our job! Glad Larry was feeling good enough to go..Take care of yourself Larry, I want you to be at all the events of your family! Hey, I think that Tim just keeps getting cuter and cuter as he matures! I did try and call you Sat. and I'm glad you were having a nice weekend!

Phil and Amanda said...

Awesome! Congrats, Tim! I really love the picture of you kissing Tim on the cheek and the one where LArry is pointing at something. Tim looks like he's a kid again with that smile on his face from his momma kissing him and looks scared half to death in the picture with Larry.

After seeing how in shape all those girls are, I decided I need to start running too! lol!

L. P. said...

Yeh for Tim's team. Congrats from the Pappases.