So after a fairly successful cross-country season, Kevin has now started indoor track. Indoor isn’t like it was when I was in high school, because now, there are very few slots for runners anymore. Some of the venues aren’t that large, so at times, some of the athletes need to skip a meet or two.
Thankfully, Kevin was able to attend the first meet at Ursinus College, and he was going to run the 800m race. Since he’s a cross-country runner, the even shouldn’t have been much of a challenge. Mrs. Earp was able to see Kevin race, ad I was at work… again.
Kevin started off pretty well, and toward the end of the race, he was ahead of three or four runners. He seemed to be running at a great pace, and when it came to the last lap, some jagoff kid kicked Kevin’s shoes, nearly tripping him. It threw off his momentum, and he finished the race second to last.
It is not an understatement to say he was really pissed.
Mrs. Earp thinks the kid tried to trip him because he was losing to Kevin. After the race, one of the coaches came up to Mrs. Earp. He said, “Are you Kevin’s mother?” and she said yes. The coach immediately said, “It happens all the time in indoor. Tell him that he got it out of the way early, and hopefully it won’t happen again.”
The coach wasn’t wrong. I got tripped up a few times when I was running indoor. It isn’t fun, and you want to beat the kid who tripped you half to death, but it’s part of the sport. By the time Kevin came home, he was less angry. He did rant to me about the kid who almost knocked him down, but he seemed like he enjoyed the run.
The coaches at Archbishop Ryan are good people, and told the athletes they can try anything they like, and if they’re good at it, they’ll get a chance. Kevin, being Kevin, decided he wants to learn the pole vault.