The fall witnessed many firsts at Dietrich Bonhoeffer Academy, but the achievements of DBA’s inaugural cross country team stand out. Our student-athletes came together to train and participate in several meets, introducing many to our amazing new middle school. In the process, we lived out our values of Teamwork, Imagination, and Courage.
The season began introducing many of these young people to the sport. Playing a variety of games that developed speed and pacing, the students learned how fun running can be. After initially working out on campus, we eventually took advantage of our excellent location by training at Evelyn’s Park. These trips always included some enjoyable recreation in the park in addition to practice. In the end, we used a creative approach to learning and growing as athletes inspired by the school’s mission.
The meets provided wonderful opportunities for everyone to come together as a team and measure their progress as runners. One highlight was the Second Baptist Meet on September 24th, which marked the competitive cross country debut for several athletes. With runners in three different races, it was wonderful to see our students supporting each other as they came home to the finish line. The climax of the season was two weeks later at the St. John’s Maverick Ramble, which featured the entire team together. Running on a challenging course, we were very proud to see the students give their very best for each other. These young people truly embodied the values of teamwork and courage in their efforts throughout the season.
Looking back, each student had something to be proud of in the experience. Phillip Goodman discovered an unrealized talent for the sport, earning a medal in his first ever race. Chloe Mendoza achieved her goal of successfully completing a 2 mile race. Dexter Scott was the only rookie to complete three races, making an extra trip to Bellville to run. Cade Eixman impressed us all running hard with casts on each of his arms!
Matthew Urbani, our top runner whose passion for the sport drove our efforts, deserves special mention. Matthew made the first competitive appearance by a DBA athlete ever when he finished in 3rd place at the Bellaire Invitational on September 3rd. He made school history again in winning the top middle schools boys division at the Second Baptist Meet. Impressively, Matthew set a school record each time he stepped up to the line, improving his time in each of his six races. We are so proud of Matthew’s accomplishments, and we can’t wait to see what he can do as an 8th grader!
Next year, we are looking forward to putting together a full squad to compete in the team standings. If your child is interested in this fantastic sport, we would love to have him or her here at DBA. To visit with us about the many opportunities for your student at our school, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.