Not many teams and coaches were as excited to return to action as the cross country runners and Coach Reeves and Coach Carr. The cross country athletes were putting in the miles and work before the school year started. Even before the first day of school, the AOS cross country team competed in their first meet of the season at the Incarnate Word Academy Meet at Willow Waterhole Park. If our cross country runners had any rust from the year without cross country, it didn’t show. They wrapped up their first meet with the girls taking runner-up and the boys taking 1st place. While the number of runners on the team may have been fewer than in previous years, their successes were not. The team ended the season with two 6th place finishes, one 5th, two 4th, three 3rd, ten 2nd, and eleven 1st place finishes. In sports there have been many dynasties. The great John Wooden and his UCLA teams of the 1960’s and 70’s come to mind. Also, Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls of the 90’s and Bill Belichick's New England Patriots teams of the 2000’s, among others. Those teams are great, but there is one more dynasty a little closer to home that comes to my mind, and that is our very own AOS Cross Country program led by Coach Marti Carr. I have been involved in HJPC athletics since 2002. During all of that time, AOS has consistently been at the top of the conference, and has won many championships. In her final season at the helm, she led the Dolphins on another amazing run.