GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is celebrating the success of its cross country teams, which are now ranked among the top teams in the nation.

The women’s team took sixth place in the USA, the men’s team – 13ththousandin accordance with USA Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Sharon Becker, who coaches the women’s team, says all of her teammates improved their run times during the first couple of events this year.

“When there are 29 teams and 200 runners in a race, it’s easy to forget about our original race goals, what we can control, and how well we ran or finished the race,” says Becker. “Even though our brain likes to trick us and compare, compare, compare, we start looking at how green the grass looks on the other side. Theodore Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” If we stop comparing and look at the facts, our team will have a lot to be happy about.”

Both teams finished seventh in the nation last season.

They plan to compete in the Kirtland Fireboard Invitational in Grayling this Friday.

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