Cross Country: ASIA & KAIAC Champions

What else is there to say? In the blink of an eye, the 2017-18 season has come to an end, with the Cross Country team proudly bringing back numerous honors and, indeed, a legacy to be remembered.

After three months of climbing up the notorious KIS hill, trudging along the Tancheon river, and icing sore legs, runners had toughened up. Nearing the end of the season, the team was given the opportunity to display their development at annual meets, Association of International Schools in Asia (AISA) and Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference (KAIAC).

From October 20th to 21st, KIS hosted the first AISA XC tournament. SAHS led the way with two additional points for individual races. On day two, however, KIS was able to turn the tables around and secure a victory, outperforming other schools for the relay races. The team brought home first place and an equally valuable Team Sportsmanship award; Michelle (Grade 12) and Gina (Grade 10) were recognized by coming in first for the girls varsity and open races.

Recalling memories from the season, Captain Jeremy (Grade 12) said, “This year, at AISA, KIS topped the seemingly undefeatable SAHS. It was a great ending to my XC career, and I will cherish these accomplishments.”

On the following Saturday, the team took to Gyeonggi Suwon International School (GSIS) where they had started the season to mark the end with the KAIAC Finals. Despite intense competition, boys placed 2nd for tournament and conference, and girls reclaimed both championships. Even more, individual runner’s growth was evident: Brayden (Grade 9) and Xavier (Grade 12) shed four minutes from their time from September.

When asked about their biggest accomplishment, Captains Daewon (Grade 12) and Alice (Grade 12) converged with teamwork.

Daewon said, “This year, our greatest achievement is undoubtedly AISA first place; the plaque embodies the bond we formed: we pushed each other to do our best because we cared about each other.”

Alice added, “I’m proud of how well we did competitively, but more than that, we’ve become such a close-knit team that supports each other no matter what, and I felt so lucky to run with them every day.”

If you think cross country is an individual-oriented sport, this team proves you wrong. Because the greatest contributor to each other’s growth was teamwork–the words of encouragement that came and lasted.

The sun sets on the 2017-18 XC team, and it will be losing some crucial faces, nine seniors and Coach Yousey. Alice wants to express appreciation to those departing: “You are some of the strongest people I know. Thank you for bringing us together as a family.”

Text from Yoo Bin, Pangyo High grade twelve student and CC manager

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