Unformatted text preview: Over the summer, she improved immensely by steadily running longer distances at faster paces. She rarely missed a practice and when she did she would make it up by running on her own. Although she struggled because she was not naturally as fast as many of the girls, she showed determination to improve. On the second day of the cross-country season, our coach told us who would be running in each of the races of our first meet. With over fifty girls on the team, there was a lot of competition to make the junior varsity and varsity teams, each of which were comprised of seven girls. The rest of the girls were put in an open race. After announcing the varsity girls, it was to my excitement that Michelle had been put on the junior varsity team. I thought back to when she had first started and came in last of the team. I was very proud that she had not been discouraged by her lack of natural ability and persisted until she became better than a lot of other girls....
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- Spring '08
- natural ability, Varsity team, junior varsity team, junior varsity