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Harriers: The Making of a Championship Cross Country Team Paperback – March 28, 2006

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"Harriers is more than Rocky in spikes and singlet. It yields insights about hard work, disappointment, trust and relationships."  —Salem News

About the Author

Joseph Shivers and Paul Shivers are cousins, high-school seniors, and winners of the 2005 Fresh Writers Competition, a contest encouraging students to pursue careers in writing. They live in Salem, Ohio.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Holy Macro! Books (March 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932802959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932802955
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a true account of cross-country seasons at Salem HS written by two gifted students on the team. This is a participant's view of a team that over the course of two years develops from a very competitive region team to a team that wins State. The book is well detailed on cross-country in the sense that the student authors appropriately make the point that no matter how good the top runners are on a team, and they have several excellent runners, winning a championship depends on where your 5th man finishes. The other nice emphasis, as the authors nicely describe, is how each individual develops in training and in actual races. You get a nice feel for cross-country racing as the authors give a personal perspective on what it is like to prepare for race day, how they determine their race plans (preference for pace or going out with the leaders), the effect of the course terrain and the weather and what it is like on those days that you feel great and those when you know you don't have it.

The story is fascinating reading not only how the four stars improve and compete among themselves but they authors also write a healthy description of the competition for the 5th, 6th and final varsity spot. And as the authors well describe, the 6th and 7th man do make a difference particularly when the 5th man falters. The book spends most of its time on cross-country with short references to track but the authors note that all three of the top runners run the two mile close to 10 flat with their top runner breaking out with a 9:40 prior to the second CC season. I would have liked to have known more about their post CC workouts as the school seemed to produce some very good talent with depth.
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This the true story of a high school cross country team in Salem Ohio that grows from "also rans" to champions (with a lot of controversy in between). The story is quite compelling. The fact that it was written by two of the athletes on the team will stun you. It is extremely well written. I would have never guessed it was the product of two high school students.

In my estimation it becomes the third volume of the cross country trilogy which started with "Running with the Buffaloes" and continued with "God on the Starting Line". It offers a unique perspective of the high school runner. It is the season seen through there eyes. It rings true with their hopes, dreams, disapointments and triumphs. I'm not sure anyone has written so clearly about the "feeling" of racing.

This a very well written little gem of a book.
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Highly recommended for cross-country runners and their coaches.

As a runner I enjoyed the detailed descriptions of all the championship races. The authors gave execellent insights into the moods and outside interests that can cause chaos on any team.

As a coach, the book held my interest since the writers were runners on the Salem XC team. However, more detailed descriptions of the training during the season would have made the book more interesting.

As a writer, I was amazed at the quality of writing these high school authors exhibited. Excellent job! Their personal insights into the runner's feelings and moods were top notch.
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Residing in Ohio, the chronicle of the travails and triumphs of the Salem High School cross-country team has extra meaning; the scoring error in the state championship meet which spoiled a solid season was a controversial issue chronicled in the sports media throughout the Buckeye State.

And that is where the story could have ended, but is only the beginning. The hard work to climb the hill back to the top the following season is the compelling story from team members and cousins Paul and Joe Shivers.

The story is geared to high-school readers and could be used by coaches as a teaching tool. Champions are not made simply from reaching the finish line in first place; they are shaped by adversity and never giving up.

This is an inspirational story that is played every late-summer and fall out on turf courses throughout the nation.
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This is a book about a high school cross country season written by two of the team members.

As I read it I had to go back a couple of times to verify that the authors were actually recent high school students. It is an amazing effort. While it may lack the polish of professional writing it more than makes up for it by it's realism. A professional writer may have made certain events sound more exciting than they really were but as I read it, I found myself silently thanking the authors for simply "telling it like it is".

I am glad I found this book. Despite the young age of the authors it in not only a book for teens. It is a book for teens or adults to enjoy and learn from. Great value for money.
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I enjoyed the story as I have boys who will be running high school cross country next year. To me, the book could have had better continuity, but it was still interesting and that is why I gave it 4 stars. It was a real life story and you feel good for the boys. If one does not have an interest in cross country, they might give it 2 stars.
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