Sunday, March 16, 2014

You are a winner

Just getting to the starting line makes you a winner. 

There was a moment, probably several of them, where you said to yourself something like, "I can't do this." But you didn't listen, and you kept going. That makes you a winner. 

When you felt the wind whipping across the fields of Parma, the interstate highway roaring in the distance, and you saw the flags flapping at the finish line, you knew you could do it. So you dug down, found the gumption and the grit you needed, and finished strong. That makes you a winner.

Then, as your body tried to get back to "normal," you felt a mix of dizziness and euphoria. Maybe your legs felt like jelly for a bit. And you knew you had left it all on the race course. That makes you a winner.

Regardless of how you place or how long it takes, pushing yourself to get up and get moving: that makes you a winner.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Goodbye Yeti 2014 a success

From left, Anthony Winnie, Mason McFerran, and Mackenzie Kellar display their hardware. 
     Nearly 100 participants gathered in Parma today for the annual running of the Yeti. After a winter of record-breaking low temperatures and snow fall, runners, walkers and strollers chased away the Western Yeti, cousin of the mythical abominable snowman of the Himalayas by completing the kids half mile and the 5k road race.
     The air was cool, in the upper 30s, but still on this overcast morning. It was a good day to run.
      Winning the kids half mile on a course adapted were Caitlin Young and Jeffrey Palmer.
      Finishing in first place among females was Mackenzie Kellar, and the overall winner of the male division was Anthony Winnie. Mason McFerran was honored with the Best Yeti Costume Award.
      Results for the 5k are available at

Monday, February 24, 2014

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

WHS men's track and field team defeats Titans

Western's men's track and field team traveled to Lumen Christi last night and beat the Titans, 82.5 to 54.5.
Finishing in first place for Western were senior Mitchel Palmer in the 100m high hurdles and the 300m intermediate hurdles, senior Payton Wheeler in the long jump and 200m dash, senior Max Madden in the shot put, senior Alex Sponsler in the discus, and sophomore Sam Ellis in the 100m dash.
Winning the 4x100m relay was the team of Wheeler, Ellis, junior Derrick Dixon, and sophomore Noah Rainwater. The 4x200m relay was won by Palmer, senior Devin Cole, senior Brendan Maynard, and junior Lavert Franklin. The 4x400m relay was won by Western's Wheeler, senior Will Knickerbocker, junior Jordan Dack, and freshman Chase Veydt.
The Panthers next meet is Thursday at Mason High School.