When Logan’s mom first contacted me about scheduling his Senior shoot, we discussed more about her son, location ideas, and personal things that they’d like to include. She explained that running had been a big part of his high school experience and I explained that I loved to encourage inclusion of personal items to help tell their story! Until we met that day…I had no idea what was in store for this impressive young man!
On the day of Logan’s shoot…we looked outside & checked the radar….total downpour and looking for some spots of clearing. As his mom would later tell me, she was praying for a patch of dry weather…because literally, with Logan’s schedule, this was the ONLY day that we could make his shoot happen. We sat in our cars in the parking lot of each location….watching the rain hit our windshields, texting, and waiting for a clearing….finally, prayers were answered.
As we talked…I learned so much more about Logan’s story. Logan was in the middle of their Cross Country season at GHHS, and their team was preparing for some important meets ahead. I must say, Logan is very humble, kind, mind-mannered…but it was after reading and learning more about their team that I learned that this was something special.
Once again, we waited out another downpour and headed down to the track. This was one of my favorites parts of our shoot….personally, I love to run. I love it and love being around those that love it. I’m fascinated by those who run fast, as well as those that run far….I just have so much respect for the training and preparation that’s involved.
After our session, I continued to follow the GHHS cross country team and the outcome of their season. The morning after their state meet, I saw that Logan had won the 4A State Cross Country title! The distance of this is 5k (3.1 miles) with a time of….are you ready for this?? 15:06. And that, my friends, is AMAZING. Seriously amazing…I was in awe.
The next month, Logan and his teammates traveled to Portland for the National Meet – and the GHHS boys walked away with the Nike National Cross Country Title. Logan came in 12th overall, which also classified him as an All- American. I also learned that Logan and 3 of his teammates were recently invited to run a 4×1 mile relay at the New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York, where they competed for the National Indoor record of 17:20. The GHHS boys more than beat the record with a time of 17:08. Did I mention that they were amazing??
After his remarkable high school career, Logan will be attending University of North Carolina in the fall, where I’m sure there are many great things ahead for him. Logan, it was such a pleasure to spend that day with you and to follow your accomplishments….I wish you the very best!!