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    21st November 2005

    Congratulations Calvin XC!

    All right, so we didn’t win this year, but 2nd place in the country, even if it is Division III, is still outstanding. And maybe the guys didn’t have the best race of the year, but it was still a good race. And for those of us who went down to Delaware, Ohio to watch the race, it was a very good time; we would have been there cheering whether Calvin was ranked no. 1 or not at all.

    It was pretty much one of the greatest possible weekends for me: I got to hang out with some of my best friends from Calvin; I got to see my best friend from high school; and my best friends from the hospital were there, too! Deleware is about four hours from Grand Rapids, so we drove down Friday and stayed with Aaron Iverson’s parents, who were incredible to allow 23 of us to sleep in their house, while their son (whom I used to live with) was all the way down in Lima, Peru.

    Before the race on Saturday, I went over to the hotel where Drew Wills and his wife Jeannie were staying. Drew is a paraplegic who was in a skiing accident last December and was at Craig Hospital with me. Their son, Stephen, runs for Williams College (in Massachusetts) and he and a teamate and the Williams girls team were all running at the meet. (His teamate, Neal Holteshulte, was the individual champion Saturday – Stephen was also an All-American, taking 30th place).

    We headed over to the meet, where I cheered on Calvin’s teams, and met up with Brett Wilson, who runs for Luther College (though he didn’t qualify for nationals, he was there cheering on a teamate). He’s heading to Argentina to study this spring, which makes me tremendously jealous.

    After the race, we went to the awards ceremony, and then I drove back to GR. Oh, by the way, I got my car back. Unfortunately, I haven’t returned my rental car yet because I killed the battery the other day – the hand control was sticking such that the brake light was on all day, and in the 25 degree cold, it completely drained the battery. This was on Friday, and then I got my car back, went to the meet, came back, and on Sunday I played at LOFT, and didn’t want to worry about that other car. Perhaps I should go do that.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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