Sunday, May 1, 2011

the last meet

My daughter Maggie ended her competitive track & field career quietly on Saturday night.  In a rain dampened Bellarmine Stadium, I watched as she ran her last 100 meter dash, finishing third in her heat, with a time not far from her best.  Images captured in mind & camera flashed before me.  The epic high school battles with East Central's Rachel Posey, a rivalry built of mutual respect.  Sectional and conference championships in the 200 meters, 100 meter hurdles, 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay - accompanied by multiple school records.  And, two trips to the Indiana State Championships, where her finest moment occurred.  Ranked in the top 15, her 4x400 squad collided with another team during the exchange between Mackenzie Stuart and Maggie.  Picking herself off of the track, Mag was able to recover to finish 22nd.  Her career at NKU was hampered by injury and spring soccer, but she still ran. Competitive to the core, Maggie was never happy with her results, but did it to help the team & her coach.  Now, that chapter in her life is done.  Never to be forgotten, her time on the track has brought great joys, good friendships and life lessons.  She knows, and I know, that it's time to get out the pen & paper to begin the next story.


  1. And what a special young woman Maggie is! We are all lucky to have her as a friend.

  2. What a wonderful tribute to an amazing young lady! A role model for all young women!


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