Laughter. The coach didn't say a word at first, just laughed. A few seconds later, "good job."
That's cross country.
They finish and some are not even sure what their names are anymore. The neurons in the brain and the muscles in the legs are no longer on speaking terms.
The brain is evil - at least in the body of a runner.
There were a lot of brains battling bodies Saturday at Two Mile Run County Park during the annual Rocky Grove Invitational. The individual and team event drew over 40 schools and almost 1,000 runners taking on the difficult Rocky Grove home course.
There were individual champions crowned, including a new junior high course record set by Carter French of Knoch. His 10:36 becomes the new standard for the around two-mile race.
This was the first time the Orioles have won their own invite in a while and first time under Coach Josh Beightol.
Other top Venango boys runners to finish in the top fourth of the 217 racers were Franklin's Caleb Prettyman in fifth and Jay Prettyman in 16th. Cranberry runners Kaleb Heath finished 45th with teammates Mariner Perry in 53rd place and Dane Wenner in 54th.