“Now you wouldn’t believe me if I told you, but I could run like the wind blows. From that day on, if I was ever going somewhere, I was running.”
Correct. That is a line from Forrest Gump, the popular movie of the 1990s, but if you guessed that was a PCS cross country athlete or longtime head Coach Wayne Williams describing one, you’d still be close to accurate.
What some sports use for pre-season conditioning or even punishment, Bobcat Cross Country uses for success. And extreme success they have certainly had. Over the last 10 years, the girls’ teams have won 10 straight MAIS titles, while the boys’ teams have garnered 6 championships and 4 runner-up slots.
It’s nothing short of remarkable the feats the boys and girls teams have accomplished, and if this summers’ training with Coach Williams indicates anything, PCS Cross Country is hungry for more.
“We start June first, 4 days a week,” Williams noted. “I try to encourage athletes to be at as many team practices as they can.”
Williams is starting his eleventh year as head of the program and was quick to note that the wins aren’t the only thing that he’s passionate about.
“Just the interaction with the kids. Seeing them start buying into the program and begin to progress from year to year. I have many who start in the 6th grade and run for 7 years. One of my biggest moments is seeing them getting a driver’s license and start driving to practice.”
As customary, Bobcat Cross Country will begin its season with a warm-up; the PCS Legacy 5k Run on Saturday August 26, 2017. Competition running begins the Monday after, as Bobcat runners head to Choctaw Trails on August 28.
According to the movie, Forrest Gump ran for 3 years, 2 months, 14 days, and 16 hours before he stopped. While that may not seem plausible to some, I asked Coach Williams if any of his student-athletes would try it.
His response, “All of them.”
To that we say, Run Bobcats Run!