One Step.

May 20, 2011 will be a day Sam will always cherish.

As I’ve written previously on the blog, Sam became a distance runner at the beginning of his freshman year at Shawnee Mission South.  A three-year varsity letterman in both cross country and track, he’s enjoyed great successes – most notably this past fall as captain of the cross country team that finished 2nd in the Kansas Boys 6A state meet.

Friday night at the Kansas Boys 6A regional track meet, Sam found a big gear at the finish of the 1600 meter race.  With 100 meters to the tape, Sam was lagging behind his teammate, junior Brett Schauwecker. Then in the final 60 meters, Sam dug deep, surging past his good friend to place fourth and qualify for the State meet next weekend in Wichita.

It was a bit of a bittersweet moment . . . so much happiness for Sam finally accomplishing a long sought after goal, but understanding how tough it was for Brett to miss out on his own opportunity to qualify for the State meet.  I have no doubt Brett will bounce back from this momentary setback and work his own magic next year throughout his senior cross country and track grand finale.

Here’s wishing all the SM South track and field athletes good luck next weekend!

Sam Reichman, Kansas 6A qualifier, boys 1600 meter. ©Eli Reichman, 2011. All Rights Reserved.

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