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Cross Country Running

A reminder to share something of ourselves

Ed Powelson was the athletic director at North Carroll High School for decades. In 1988 he graciously allowed me to coach the cross country team there. I'm not a teacher, I had no coaching experience, and I was just 27 years old. I don't know if he had any reservations about letting me coach. If he did, he didn't show it. You didn't have to be around Ed for long to realize that he put his heart into the school's athletic program. He was a man of principle. His passion rubbed off on me, and I wanted to do my best to represent the school because I knew I was also representing him. At that point, most of what I knew about running is what I'd learned through...