Center Grove Football

Senior cross country runner reaches goal of competing in halftime meet

In 1999, Coach Eric Moore introduced “Hard Work X Dedication = Success” to the Center Grove Football program. In honor of Friday night’s halftime cross country meet between Center Grove Trojans and the Whiteland Warriors, Coach Moore and his team want to recognize the hard work and dedication it takes to be a cross country runner. Center Grove Football wishes the Center Grove Cross Country Teams the best of luck Friday night! GO TROJANS!

 

IMG_20140928_160819[1]by Bailee Leathers, with contributions from Olivia Rassel

For Collin Lansdell, the obstacles of his sport have never been the threat of huge linemen coming in for a tackle but the power of his own mind.

The senior cross-country runner started competing in the fourth grade, and when he entered high school, he set a goal of running in the cross country meet at halftime of the first home football game.

Having worked hard over the past three seasons, Lansdell has finally seen his hard work and dedication pay off. In his final season, Lansdell has qualified for Friday night’s meet.

Howard Harrell has coached Lansdell for four years in the sport.

“(Collin) is one of just four seniors this year,” Harrell said. “He is one of the few athletes who incorporates running into his every day all year round. This type of devotion to the sport has proven huge for him as he strives to reach those big goals for his senior year.”

Lansdell qualified earlier this season and understands the excitement this type of meet brings.

“This meet is special for all of us; it’s a goal you set out to do,” a grinning Lansdell said. “We don’t ever have a huge crowd like the football games.”

Cross-country is a self-motivated sport; the athlete must find within himself the motivation to keep moving forward.

“I want the time. It’s the little things for me,” Lansdell said. “I try not to think about place because if you focus on the time, placing will follow. It’s so easy to psych yourself out before and during a race. Running is 20 percent physical and 80 percent mental.”

While cross country is many times seen as an individual sport, Lansdell and his teammates push each other every day at practice.

“Good teamwork is the key to a successful cross country team,” Lansdell said. “Cross-

Country is scored on a point system by what places your [individual team members] get in the race. You can push each other to get those slots filled. I like that the individual always contributes to the team no matter what.”

IMG_20141004_112205013[1]Although Lansdell runs each race on his own, his parents continue to motivate him.

“My dad’s the one who pushes me,” Lansdell said. “My mom is an amazing cheerleader, but my dad gives the tough love. Every time I pass him in the race, he gives me goals. He will tell me about my pacing and who I should try to chase down in front of me.”

Lansdell’s parents are no strangers to the world of competitive running. His father ran triathlons and his mother ran cross country at Ball State.

“The best advice anyone has ever given me about cross country came from [my dad],” Lansdell said, laughing. “He said, ‘no one has ever died from running.’”

Lansdell is a classic story of hard work and perseverance paying off.

“At the end of every race, whatever I have left in the tank, I floor it,” Lansdell said. “When I start hurting, I stop thinking. Every race you find out a little bit more about yourself and how to make yourself better.”

And Lansdell will learn just a little bit more about himself on Friday night when he stands on the line and prepares to compete against Whiteland at halftime of the football game.

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