“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1
Catching Our Breath in Christ
Aaaand… They’re off! The 2020 track season has officially begun! With the first meet in just a few weeks, the Patriots are hard at work preparing for the competition that lies ahead. With the coaching staff leading the team in workouts purposed to test both the mind and body, our runners are beginning to once again to experience the thrills and challenges of running competitively.
In the moments between reps, when lungs and legs are catching fire, the true training begins. The conditioning and controlling of the mind remains one of the most important and difficult elements of running to master. Although coaches may encourage and steer their runners in the right direction, it is ultimately the athletes themselves that learn how to stay positive in the pain of their workouts and races.
Such moments of physical hardship in which our minds tell us we can run no further offer the beautiful opportunity to turn to God for the strength we as humans lack. Instead of relying on our own physical and mental abilities, we can turn our tired legs and inner battles over to a Lord who provides peace of mind in moments of need. Isaiah 40:31 beautifully displays God’s power to give us strength, saying “ But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
With that in mind, we will continue working hard in preparation for the approaching meets. Also, the team has welcomed many new members to the FEAST Patriot track team! Our new teammates have been sporting fashionable name tags so that everyone can get to know each other. Make sure to give a big hello and introduce yourself to anyone wearing a nametag, and help us continue our warm welcome of our new teammates. God Bless!
Pictured in pole vault class photo (l-r): Jackson Saul, Mack Keller, Molly McGowan, Abigail Saine, Bella Pozuelos and James Gutierrez.
A New Season For FEAST Track and Field
January brings the promise of a new year filled with new opportunities, and the beginning of the 2020 track season! As the season approaches with unbelievable speed, the FEAST track athletes begin preparing for the long trek through the obstacles and adrenaline their sport has to offer. The first official team practice takes place on January 15. Guided by head Coach David Dunn and his knowledgeable coaching staff, the Patriots will take their first steps towards another successful season.
The beginning of a new track season offers more than breathless workouts and those out-of-shape cramps. It is an opportunity for a fresh start, in which we can build upon our previous successes and look forward to physical, mental, and spiritual improvement. As the New Year begins, many already feel the motivational effects of the new beginning offered by the start of 2020. In our track workouts, that motivation may be used to spur us forward in the hard but necessary challenges that lie ahead.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Says, “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.,For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
For our new runners and teammates: Welcome! We look forward to the season ahead, as it is filled with the promise of new friends, lessons learned, and fun memories. God Bless!
FEAST Girls and Boys Varsity Track Teams Begin Quest for 12th Consecutive State Championship
The FEAST Track and Field boys’ and girls’ varsity teams have won 11 consecutive State Championships. However, championships begin with hard work in January and February.
Track practices will begin on January 15th for the high school teams and on January 29th for the middle school teams. The track teams will practice every Monday and Wednesday from 4:45 to 6:30pm at Randolph High School, except for the first three high school team practices, which will be at River City Community Church soccer fields.
January Practices and Assessments:
- River City Community Church, January 15, 20, 22 (high school), 4:45pm
- Randolph HS, High School Skills Assessment, January 27th, 4:45pm
- Randolph HS, January 29th (middle school and high school), 4:45 pm
- Randolph HS, Middle School Skills Assessment, February 3rd, 4:45pm
During the Skills Assessment practices, the athletes will be tested to determine which event or events they are best suited for. All first-year track athletes must attend one of these Skills Assessment practices.
Track is More than Running, Jumping and Throwing Our mission for the track team is “To provide a positive Christian environment and spiritual growth through competitive Track and Field athletics to currently homeschooling families.” A big part of our team is the culture that has been developed over many years. While we do strive to do our best and compete, the bigger part is the friendships that develop, the needs that are met, the work ethic that is built, and the Christian values that are instilled and lived out.
HOW TO JOIN THE TEAM
The track team is open to any homeschool athletes in grades 5th through 12th. If you have an interest, please consider joining the FEAST Track team this year. We would love for you to join and compete with us.
Attend one of the Track kick-off meetings in January. These meetings will review our team rules, explain how to register, how to access our online store and how to gain access to the practice facilities, and provide sample uniforms and warm-ups to try on for size.
Track Kick-off Meeting Dates and Location
· January 1st, Noon, At Lopez Middle High School Track. An optional pre-season practice will precede the meeting and this practice will start at 10am.
· January 6th, 6:30pm, FEAST (7735 Mockingbird Lane)
· January 9th, 6:30pm, FEAST (7735 Mockingbird Lane)
Online registration will open in January on the FEAST website. The track registration fee is $75 with a $250 max/family. You cannot join the team or practice until registration has been completed. Meet tops are covered by the registration fee, but each athlete will need to purchase their own shorts from the online store. REGISTRATION Will Close on January 22nd.
If you have any additional questions about the FEAST Track and Field program, please contact Coach Dunn at email@example.com.
FEAST Home School
|2020 Track and Field Schedule (subject to change)|
|Saturday, February 22, 2020||Canyon Lake Relays||Canyon Lake HS|
|Saturday, February 29, 2020||Smithson Valley Relays||Smithson Valley HS|
|Thursday, March 5, 2020||Navarro HS||Navarro HS|
|Thursday, March 12, 2020||Wimberley Relays||Wimberley HS|
|Saturday, March 21, 2020||Carlin Wicker Relays||Fredericksburg HS|
|Saturday, March 28, 2020||Open|
|Thursday, April 2, 2020||SACS Meet||SACS|
|Date TBA Maybe 4/10/2020||Great Hearts Meet||Wheatley Heights|
|Fri/Sat, May 1-2, 2020||Home School State||Keene, Tx (near Ft Worth)|
|Wednesday, February 26, 2020||Cornerstone||Cornerstone HS|
|Wednesday, March 4, 2020||LaVernia Meet||La Vernia HS|
|Wednesday, March 11, 2020||Wimberley Relays||Wimberley HS|
|Friday, March 20, 2020||Randolph Meet||Randolph HS|
|Thursday, March 26, 2020||Open|
|Friday, April 3, 2020||SACS||SACS HS|
|Saturday, April 11, 2020||FEAST||Randolph HS|
|Thursday, April 23, 2020||ISAL District Meet||SACS HS|
|Fri/Sat, May 1-2, 2020||Home School State||Keene, Tx (near Ft Worth)|
|Optional Special Events||Meet||Location|
|Thursday, March 12, 2020||Alamo City Mile & Steeple||Antonian HS|
|Saturday, March 14, 2020||Texas Distance Festival||Southlake HS (near Dallas)|
|Thur-Sat, Mar 26-28, 2020||Rice – Victor Lopez Relays||Rice Univ (Houston)|
|Thur-Sat, Mar 26-28, 2020||Texas Relays||Univ of Texas|
|Saturday, April 18, 2020||TAIAO – Optional||Keene, Tx (near Ft Worth)|
|Mid May – Date TBA||Home School Nationals||Bolivair, Mo.|
|Fri-Sat, May 15-16||Meet of Champions||Antonian HS|
|Meets in Brown are NOT confirmed|
|Other Key Dates||Event||Location|
|Monday, January 6, 2020||Kickoff Meeting #2||FEAST|
|Thursday, January 9, 2020||Kickoff Meeting #3||FEAST|
|Wednesday, January 15, 2020||First Practice (HS)||River City Community Church|
|Monday, January 20, 2020||2nd Practice (HS)||River City Community Church|
|Wednesday, January 22, 2020||3rd Practice (HS)||River City Community Church|
|Monday, January 27, 2020||Assessments (HS)||Randolph HS|
|Wednesday, January 29, 2020||4th HS and 1st MS Practice||Randolph HS|
|Monday, February 3, 2020||Assessments (MS) + Practice||Randolph HS|
|Wednesday, February 5, 2020||Practice||Randolph HS|