Lee is ready for a return to competition
Junior Griffin Lee is looking forward to the competition once again.
"Im looking forward to the first race," he said. "Ill set some goals from there."
Returning was goal No. 1.
Last year Lee could not finish the cross-country season and missed a chance to compete at the 5A state meet because he sustained a broken tibia during a soccer game. His injury forced him to wear a cast for six months.
Still, Lee looks back on the injury and his recovery with a positive attitude.
"It made me stronger mentally," he said. The rehabilitation "helped strengthen my muscles," Lee said.
Coach Mark Chipman is definitely happy to have the junior back ready to compete.
"Im happy that Griffin is just running cross country," Chipman said. "Hes going to be an outstanding runner. Not just this year and next year, but all throughout his collegiate years," Chipman said.
Due to his injury, Lee will not continue with soccer this year.
"I think Im a better runner. I just want to focus on running. Also Im afraid Ill get hurt again," Lee said.
So instead of juggling both soccer and cross-country at the same time, Lee decided to concentrate on cross country and to become a leader for his teammates.
"I like being a leader because I can help others to become better," Lee said.
The Jaguars and DeSoto Wildcats open the cross country season Saturday at St. Thomas Aquinas. The race is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.