By Alex Bonus
Photo by Nate Hill
I’ve crossed the finish line, but this crowd is unfamiliar.Â Â My surroundings, unexpected.Â Until now, it was a place I’d only dreamt about, and this is not what I predicted.
My cross-country season is over.Â Practices have ceased.Â My races are done.Â Like so many other senior athletes — and like generations of athletes who have come before me — my status as a student-athlete has effectively come to an end.
I’ve wondered about this day for years.Â How I would feel? Â How I would cope? Â It’s the evitable finish to a 4-year race that, before today, was obscure and insubstantial, existing only in my mind as a quietly ignored but perpetually imminent mystery.