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NO. R-128. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING ERIN SULLIVAN ON WINNING HER SECOND NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP.

(J.R.H. 28)

Offered by: Representatives Symington of Jericho, Doyle of Richmond,

Waterbury.

Whereas, her saga is all the more amazing because she belatedly commenced her interscholastic cross country and track career as an addendum to her role as a soccer player, and

Whereas, Erin prominently flashed onto the national racing scene in her junior year when she resoundingly won the 1997 National Cross Country Championship in Orlando, Florida, despite a heavy rain storm that plagued the runners along the entire five-kilometer course, and

Whereas, during the intervening year, she continued to impress her coaches and spectators alike with her determination, enthusiasm and stamina, and

Whereas, Erin established a lofty ambition to become only the third woman to win the National Cross Country Championship twice in a row, and

Whereas, throughout the fall of 1998, Erin's continuing excellent track performances gave every indication that her goal was in reach, and

Whereas, Erin took her undefeated streak into the regional competition at Cortland Park in Bronx, New York and experienced every runner's ultimate fate of not winning a race, and

Whereas, having qualified for the main event in Orlando, and ready to compile a new streak of consecutive victories, she traveled to Florida for her historic race, and

Whereas, in contrast to 1997, on the appointed day, the sun shone magnificently, and

Whereas, reserving her energy for the ultimate mile, Erin intentionally did not take the initial lead, and

Whereas, her plan was a triumphant success as she won her second National Cross Country Championship, completing the course in 17 minutes and 35 seconds, and

Whereas, Erin's parents Claudia Sullivan and Michael Sullivan, and her sister Anne Sullivan, and the Jericho and Mt. Mansfield Union High School communities have enthusiastically supported Erin's running career and ambitions, and

Whereas, Erin demonstrates the capacity to achieve excellence while at the same time maintaining her humility, humor and sense of self, and

Whereas, with a fantastic secondary school record as a foundation, Erin will begin a new phase in her running career this fall as she sprints forward to the collegiate circuit, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is delighted to congratulate Erin Sullivan on her 1998 victory at the National Cross Country Championship and wishes her all the best in her future academic and athletic endeavors, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Erin Sullivan and to her outstanding coach, Sue McNamara at Mt. Mansfield Union High School.