Crestwood Track & Field

    Citius, Altius, Fortius - Faster, Higher, Stronger 

Character Matters

As many of you have already seen, Coach Kerst & Coach Usher value your personality, virtues, character, and leadership more than your performance on the track! Our ultimate goal is to help you become the best version of yourself for a lifetime of happiness! Success in life is defined and measured by the content of your character, your leadership, and your contribution to the betterment of your families, community, and the world. The Character Matters lessons we'll be implementing every week this season will reinforce a lot of these ideals! More specifically, the 13 character qualities are listed below to help guide your learning this season!

Character Qualities - your character determines your performance, and your performance demonstrates your character. 

G ratitude -          "Be Thankful" (to make known to others in what ways they have benefited my life)

O ptimistic -        "Be Hopeful" (a hopeful and positive view of future outcomes)

T ruthful -            "Be Honest" (to tell the truth; the real state of things; the facts)

H umility -           "Be Grounded" (being humble and considering others better than yourself)

E nergy -             "Be Productive" (taking vigorous action; capacity for performing work)

D iscipline -        "Be Solid" (the ability to perform in a controlled and calm way even in difficult situations)

I mprove -           "Be Better" (to increase in value or quality; to grow or become mature)

S elfless -           "Be Caring" (to sacrifice one's self to benefit others)

T enacious -       "Be Persistent" (not easily pulled apart; holding fast together to stay the course & continue)

A ttitude -           "Be Positive" (a mental position and feeling expressed by behavior)

N o I in Team -    "Be Together" (a cooperative effort by a team to achieve a common goal)

C onfident -        "Be Brave" (a belief that one will act in a right and effective way)

E ndure -             "Be Determined" (an inner strength to finish the things that are before me)

Every week, Coach Kerst and Coach Usher will be awarding one athlete who has learned and demonstrated the character quality for that particular week exceptionally well! Additionally, all athletes will be considered when determining who will be honored with our "Competitor of the Season" award for the athlete that demonstrates gratitude, optimism, truthfulness, humility, energy, discipline, improvement, selflessness, tenacity, attitude, no I in team, confidence, and endurance exceptionally well!

Character Qualities Competitors of the Week
March 5th "Gratitude" winners:                                        Jade Bretz
               Mitchell Battiest
March 12th "Optimism" winners: 
March 19th "Truthful" winners:
March 26th "Humility" winners: 
April 2nd "Energy" winners:
April 9th "Discipline" winners: 
April 16th "Improve" winners:
 April 23rd "Selfless" winners:
 April 30th "Tenacious" winners:
 May 7th "Attitude" winners: 
 May 14th "No I in Team" winners:
 May 21st "Confident" winners:
 May 28th "Endure" winners:
 Competitors of the Season:

Coach Kerst & Coach Usher's "Why We Coach" statements:

I am a transformational coach who has the position, power, and platform to make a positive difference in the lives of my athletes. I coach to help boys and girls become men and women of empathy and integrity who will lead, be responsible, and change the world for good. I allow for accountability and take responsibility for my actions.