All good things must come to an end, and that includes senior Steven Schnepp’s excellent XC season.
The rain and snow from earlier in the week resulted in a soggy course for Saturday’s race, but Steven didn’t let that deter him from giving it his best effort. He got out to a very fast start and did his best to hold on the rest of the way. In the end, he finished in 74th place with a time of 16:42. If you ask Steven, he’ll say it was a bad race. However, if you look at the big picture, this was actually a great race.
It’s incredibly difficult to qualify for State in a sport that doesn’t have a class system. Not only that, but there aren’t multiple events or weight classes like in track or wrestling.
XC is simply the best of the best in the sport.
It sounds cliche to say that making it to State alone is an accomplishment, but there is truth to it. Additionally, Steven’s accomplishment was much more than just an individual experience of success. Through his accomplishments, Steven gave his teammates, coaches, and even his entire school a rare, unique experience. He proved that it is possible for small schools to compete with large schools; he gave his teammates a glimpse of the mountain top, inspiring them to strive for the same level of success; he gave his coaches validation that the training they provide is effective; he gave his school and the entire South Putnam community something to be proud of. All athletes, of any sport, can see the success Steven had this season and have hope for themselves. Hard work, commitment, and determination don’t always yield the results you want, but they do give you a greater chance at succeeding. Steven is proof of this. When you put all of these things into perspective, it’s clear that Steven’s last high school cross country race was a great success.
Full results can be found below: