Feb. 22, 2013
From the day we stepped on campus for the fall semester, we have spoken of one thing that will make this year different from years past. With a great deal of Loyola history in Track and Field an indoor conference championship has been more than 30 years overdue. This weekend we finally get a chance to compete for the title we have been working for.
It is appropriate that the championship season lines up with Lent, as Lent is a season of sacrifice. This weekend is not about individual goals and personal bests, it is a weekend with one goal in mind: a team title. For some of us it may mean running events a little bit out of our comfort zone. For others it may mean running more events than we are used to, knowing that what we do this weekend is in the best interest of our team goals. If we want to bring home the first indoor title since 1980, we are going to have to earn it.
Before the 4x400 this weekend we will gather the relay squad, as we always do, and say St. Ignatius' Prayer for Generosity. This time when we say the words, "to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds," it will mean something more. The challenges we have faced and fought through to be a part of a championship team will come down to one final event. In this event, as a team, we can finish what we started in August and bring some hardware back to Chicago.