“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1
Congratulations to our Graduating FEAST Track and Field Seniors.
While the FEAST Spring Track Season was cut short, we still want to honor our graduating 2020 seniors. On July 16th, the FEAST Track Coaches, the senior athletes, and their families all gathered together to recognize each senior and their accomplishments both on and off the track. The picture shown here was taken at the July 16th Senior Recognition Event.
These seniors will definitely be missed as they move forward to new challenges and opportunities and they carry with them a lot of cherished memories. As head coach, it is my hope that they carry with them three learnings from their HS track and field days.
Your spiritual life requires regular, consistent work very similar to your athletic training life. Muscles weaken without consistent work and your relation to Christ will likewise weaken and go adrift without consistent work. So, #1 is a consistent, active pursuit of your relationship with Christ. #2 is a consistent effort towards physical fitness. While you may not maintain the fitness level of your HS senior year, my hope is that physical fitness becomes a routine part of your life. And #3, that track will have created a desire in you to help others. The teamwork, the friendships, the perseverance through trials, the encouragement you gave and received have hopefully generated a longing to help and love others in whatever plans God has for you.
Congratulations to Isabel Bettencourt, Michael Braymer, Keagan Bogart, Samuel Dech, Samuel Flores, Gabriel Lyons, C.J. Telfer and Silas Paterka.
UPDATE FROM HEAD COACH DAVID DUNN
I wanted to let everyone know what my hopes are for the rest of our 2020 season. Our season was cut short, right in the middle of our season. We missed several high-profile meets like the Texas Relays, the ISAL district meet, and the State Meet. However, my hopes are to still be able to have a conclusion to our season.
My plan is to try and have a 4-week mini-season whenever we receive clearance that teams can workout together once again. This may be June or July; I don’t really know. The plan is to have two weeks of practice followed by a MS/HS meet on Fri/Sat. Then two more weeks of practice followed by the State Meet. This is just a plan at this point because we cannot secure practice venues, meet venues, nor a meet timing company until we know dates.
So in the meantime, track athletes follow the training guides that have been sent to you and make sure you are ready for when we can resume workouts as a team again.
DO NOT FEAR!
By Lauren Bettencourt
The FEAST Patriots have excelled so far in the season, with multiple records broken in both High School and Middle School events across the board. In Middle School, Grace Bettencourt broke the High jump record with an astonishing jump of 5’4”. Grace returned alongside Mikayla Kidney, Jodi Daggett, and Tori Neeley to break the 4×200 Meter Relay record with a time of 1:57.32. In High School, Alexandra Lanoce broke the 400-meter record with a time of 60.75, and Lauren Bettencourt broke the 800-meter record with a time of 2:13.65. In addition to these FEAST records, many athletes have beaten their personal records. Congratulations to those who have ‘PR’ed in their events.
As the season progresses, many had begun to look forward to the larger meets that were quickly approaching. However, with the recent outbreak of COVID-19, many meets are being delayed and canceled. Fear of the new virus has driven San Antonio residents to a mass panic, and hand sanitizer has rapidly disappeared from general stores as the threat of infection continues to impose on our daily lives. Despite the disappointment of cancellations and fear of the disease, we must continue to persevere and remain patient in our season. As frustrating as the cancellations are, we must all remember that the purpose of forgoing such large events is to prevent the novel corona virus from spreading too fast for health officials to handle.
Please keep those affected by the Corona virus, in your prayers. Continue to pray for a resolution to the Pandemic affecting our world.
Keep safe, and remember to wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face. Again, congratulations to those who have excelled thus far in the season. Keep working hard, and remember that our God’s love and power surpasses any threat we face in this world. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10.
For more information on the FEAST Track and Field program contact David Dunn at email@example.com
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.