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Harriers: The Making of a Championship Cross Country Team Paperback – March 28, 2006
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun little read
Great for kids
Nice portrait of a group of people who work hard to reach a goal even after adversity.
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... Read morePublished on March 4, 2014 by Kenneth L. Simpson
To be perfectly honest this book was an utter dissapointment. The language is impressive for the authors age however the overall story line is lacking. Read morePublished on July 25, 2008 by Jay Bray
Good read - enjoyable, quick. As a parent cross country supporter, I found it insightful to get the kids' perspectives.Published on June 12, 2008 by Bloomsburyan
This is a great quick read. I had my Girls XC team read it before the season and it really helped with getting all of them on the same page.Published on January 14, 2008 by BarryP
For two high school guys to run a championship cross country season then write and publish a book about it is no small feat. That warrants a lot of praise. Read morePublished on January 12, 2008 by LVT06
awesome inside look into salems team. it shows their side to a big controversy involving their participation in the state meet, and all the hoops they had to jump through to show... Read morePublished on December 21, 2007 by John Spargur
If you are an avid runner you will enjoy this book. Style a little juvenile.Published on December 13, 2007 by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed this story, very motivational. Those not intimately acquainted with xc running might have difficulty with some of the technical aspects of scoring meets. Read morePublished on July 29, 2007 by NY Runner