Wednesday after school, Vince and I packed the kids and the goods into the giant school vans and headed west. By the time we made the trek back east on Friday night, we were exhausted, both physically and emotionally. I can only imagine what the kiddos were thinking and feeling. After two days of testing and giving speeches and interviews, they were wiped out. Likewise, they were reeling a bit from the disappointment of placing second overall. Of course, like any team, they wanted to place first, and they certainly wanted to keep the streak alive - West has won State the past 11 years - but they still have a chance to make a name for themselves, so to speak, as they were invited to attend the National Competition, a privilege they certainly earned.
I certainly miss coaching the Youth Climbing Team at our local gym, so working with the Acadec kiddos has helped and been a gift. I adore our team. They have truly captured my heart!
Good work, guys. You made Mama Runnells proud!