Proud Loyola Parent wrote:
I too am a proud father of a kid running XC and Track at Loyola. Go Cubs! I too want to put in my 2 cents about Doc Meza's superhuman running ability. Sometimes the boys will start on a tempo run, and Doc will go with them, only he will insist on starting last, by a lot! I mean, minutes, not seconds! Then, partway into the tempo run, Doc will suddenly appear in front of them, despite the fact that they are seriously cranking at 5:15 pace. HOW DOES HE DO IT? He starts with a significant time deficit, and yet he pops up in front of them? Many times, he is wearing a completely different outfit than before. Again, HOW??? Sometimes he is so far ahead of the boys (again, remember 5:15 pace,) that he is bored and his muscles are starting to tighten up, so he starts stretching. At times, he has been so far ahead of the boys that he has stopped to urinate on the side of a building. He admits that this is not setting a good example for the boys, but *wink wink* I guess there's a little bit of devil in all of us!
I swear, the man is superhuman, a mutant, a member of the X-Men or the Avengers or something. I have never wanted to believe in fairy tales or comic book stories, but Doc makes me believe such things are possible. Not only is "The Jackrabbit," as we call him, able to run at superhuman speed, but he also has the power of invisibility! And he runs so fast that he can change clothes and stretch while my son, a pretty gosh-darn good runner if I may say so myself as his father, struggles with oxygen debt!
In fact, The Jackrabbit is so incredibly fast that time itself cannot keep up with him! You heard me right. Doc must wear TWO watches instead of one, because one watch cannot keep up with him. When he started doing that,the boys started calling him Two-Face, you know after the Batman villain, but he didn't think that was funny, so we went back to "Jackrabbit."
At one point, during the days of D-Tag timing chips, I remember Doc entered a race and was dismayed to find out that RF technology could not keep up with his superhuman Jackrabbit speed. He was missing mats, due to the fact that his foot simply moved too quickly for RF technology. It was at that point that Doc started putting his D-Tag chips on a lanyard and wearing them around his neck, then lowering the tag to the mat by hand. Understand that this was a necessity due to the faults of D-Tag technology.
a lot of effort went into this post. it was almost worth it.