Munir Kabbara Medals at the State Meet!!!!!!
Munir Kabbara medaled at the State Cross Country Meet a tremendous accomplishment for an underclassmen. Way to GO!
Woodward Park in Fresno, California. 3 hours from Marin, a long drive along 580 and 99 miles on Highway 99. The State Cross Country Meet for California. About 900 girls and 900 boys qualify, about 200 girls teams and 200 boys teams qualify – across the entire state, across tens of thousands of runners. It is the biggest meet, in the largest state, and the most momentous stage and nothing, not in any other sport, compares. The road there starts in mid June with the lonely summer miles. It continues with the Dominican Hill Repeats, the Piper Park Intervals, the long runs, the invitationals, the trips to Hayward, and more during the fall. To punch your ticket, well it is hard earned. You must qualify, top 5 from your section meet. The road there, it is filled with ups and downs, hard work, belief, a true journey. Just to be there, the Friday drive, the pre-race course run, you are among truly legendary teams and runners. Then it is race day, the course is fully decked out, some of the top runners from the entire nation all collected in one place to give their best effort on that day. It is … special. San Rafael XC Harriers have had the privilege of representing the Cardinal and White for 14 years now, 8 as a team, 6 as individuals. We have had a mixture of performances and it takes so much to have it all come together on race day, health, a little bit of luck, desire, good positioning, and more.
So today, Munir Kabbara’s Junior cross country journey culminated in a 10th place overall showing in the Boys D-IV race. 15:55 overall time. Perspective, it is important. That is the 3rd time in SR XC history an individual has earned a coveted Top 10 overall individual medal. It is the 3rd best time in SR XC history on the State Meet course. It is the number 1 all-time Junior time on the State Meet course. And it was hard earned. Munir ran a perfect race. We waited at the 1 mile mark, anxiously hoping to see the full whites amongst the top pack, as you have to be there, in contention, from the start. And there was Munir, cresting the hill around 6th place, in perfect position. We sprinted to the 1.5 mile mark, down the hill, where you have to put in a move and he did just that, added a burst of speed to keep him amongst the top runners. Munir crested Killer Hill as we ran with him and was looking a mixture of both strong and spent. It would, as it always does, come down the final ½ mile, where guts and heart take over. We ran as fast as we could to that mark, the leader was clear, the second pack had a gap, so now the battle was on for a top 10 finish. Munir battled all the way, step by step, with 4 other runners to the line, giving everything he had, and when the scoreboard flashed, we saw Kabbara in 10th place. A mixture of both relief and elation. As you take this journey and you get this far, well you want more, you want to be in the tent. So Munir made it, the tenth place finisher. A fantastic and memorable effort that will go in the annals of SR XC lore and history.
I hope this inspires others, to work hard and dream big, to do all of the little things, to push yourself and find out what you are truly made of, because when you do that and when you BELIEVE, good, no great things happen.
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Prep of the Week - Blake Delaney
CONGRATS to Blake Delaney | History SRXC Performance!!!!
Congratulations to Blake Delaney for an excellent performance at the 29th Annual CIF Cross Country Meet. Blake ran an incredible 15:37 time finishing 16th overall in D-III. What does 15:37 represent?
- #1 All-Time SRXC time at CIF!
- #2 MCAL time today and #3 NCS D-III time today!
- #8 All-Time MCAL time at CIF!
Coach Jacobsen had this to say about Blake:
“A well-deserved cap to an incredible high school cross country career. You represent what the exact ideals of the SRXC program. We will definitely name a workout after you! And when I get the privileged opportunity to write one of these up, I have the chance to say to Blake and everyone else, when you set high goals, when your work hard, when you give your all, when you BELIEVE, good, no GREAT THINGS happen in sport, in life.”