Drenched in sweat, constant yelling and aching legs; man, I just love game days in September…
As much fun as it is to feel like I just showered in my own sweat, the couch and air conditioning in my apartment sound pretty great as well. Alright, it’s definitely a fun experience to witness all the FSU traditions, cheer on our school, and do the Seminole Chop with all the other fans at Doak Campbell Stadium. But when the game is scheduled for 12 p.m. in Tallahassee, after we have completed our long runs that morning, it is a little more difficult to be the most school spirited Seminole I can be. When the night games come around, however, I’ll be ready to go!
Besides our first home football game this weekend, we also had our Champions Beyond the Game brunch. It is an event where the women’s athletic teams and coaches gather with female student-athlete alumni and boosters to celebrate the amazing success that is currently happening on campus today and the opportunities that have arose for former athletes as well. Our cross country team was well-represented, and we were also lucky to have President John Thrasher, his wife Jean, and many other administrators present.
It wouldn’t be a proper FSU athletic event if they didn’t provide us with amazing food, and they did not disappoint. We were all placed at random tables, mixed with current and former student-athletes, and were able to enjoy breakfast while talking with one another. I was lucky to sit next to the cutest couple – Jim and Betty Lou Joanos – who graduated from Florida State in the 1950s. Betty Lou told me about her adventures at Florida State. She was in our campus circus, and said she couldn’t do much but was small enough that she could just be thrown around in the air. They even traveled all over the country to perform at other schools and venues, so I’m guessing she had a little more skill than she let on. Her outfit was also complete from head to toe to show her Seminole pride: a garnet dress, gold scarf, garnet nail-polish, a garnet purse, and some Seminole flair in her jewelry. She was so kind and one of the most adorable people I have ever met.
After eating we were able to hear from alumni and their experiences at FSU and their successes “Beyond the Game”. The “Femina Perfecta” awards were also presented. Each year the various sports teams we have vote on a member of their team who encompasses, “the complete woman” and is invaluable to their group. Fatema Jaffer and Madison Harris were the winners for cross country and track & field teams! Oh yeah, way to go ladies! It was my first year attending this event, and it was definitely an amazing way to celebrate women’s athletics.
We had a weekend full of school spirit and it’s time to carry that over into this week as our cross country team is heading to Notre Dame to compete!
Hailey Hendry is a sophomore business major from Brentwood, Tennessee. A fixture in the cross country lineup’s top seven throughout her freshman year, she hopes to build on that experience in her second season with the Noles. Hendry will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the FSU women’s cross country team throughout the season.