Forest Grove's Norman places third at state cross country championships
They say that we are often our harshest critics. In the case of Forest Grove runner Quincy Norman, that definitely applies.
The standout senior whose career at Forest Grove has seen its ups and downs, finished in fine fashion this past Saturday, Nov. 9, placing third individually at the OSAA State Cross Country Championships at Lane Community College in Eugene. But while impressive from nearly every perspective, Norman himself wasn't impressed.
"I can't say that I'm pleased with my performance," he said. "It was a championship race, so to me the time was irrelevant. The goal was to win and I felt going into the race that I was very strong and capable of winning."
Harsh criticism for a young man who finished the 5K course in 15:09.0, less than five seconds behind winner, Franklin's Aidan Palmer (15:04.9), and less than three seconds behind second place finisher Charlie Robertson, also from Franklin.
"I executed exactly as I wanted to throughout the first two miles and once I got there I was going to reassess on what moves I should make, and I ended up laying back," Norman said. "I felt I could make another push to win it in the last 400 meters, but it didn't work out and I allowed the two runners who beat me to enter onto the track in front of me and that was the difference."
Norman ends his cross country career at Forest Grove with two third place finishes at state, after placing third his sophomore season. But sandwiched in between two impressive performances, the senior had what could only be described as a disappointing junior campaign in which he admittedly lost his passion for the sport.
"I started on an upward trajectory and everything was great, but my junior year my struggles were extremely tough and it was tough to come out with that same passion," he said. "However I continued on and learned what changes I needed to make along the way, but I'm still learning and excited for the future."
He said that he found a new spark this year and it was that newfound love that made it difficult when it didn't work out the way he wanted it to at state.
"I wanted to bring home a state title for my town and for my coach."
That coach is Forest Grove head coach Adrian Shipley. Norman said it's Shipley that walked him through the tough times, and that it's that type of attention that the runner said makes his coach such an asset to both him and his Viking teammates.
"He embodies the running world with his passion for the sport," Norman said. "He has kept me healthy and happy running, which I value as the most important part for long term success.
"His results as a coach are shown through the improvement of all his athletes, but he is a great person who has been with me all through high school running and I don't know what this program would look like without him."
In addition to Norman, the Liberty girls qualified and competed in the meet, placing 19th overall. The Falcons were led by senior Breanna Rebich, who finished 80th with a time of 20:15.4. She was followed by Alexa Smith (20:44.3), Emma Parish (20:58.6), Livia Knapp (20:59.4), Jasmine Cleveland (23:05.4), Kasey Perkins (23:05.5) and Morgan Boddy (23:25.6).
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