Cougar Cross Country
Throughout the course of the 2011 season, MVNU
senior runner Nate Winters will write a weekly blog about what is
happening with the team.
Country to the Rescue" (posted on September 29, 2011)
"Help me! Help me!" The urgent cries were
coming from a woman on porch the house we
were running past at that moment. We had
just been running down the street, but when
we heard the woman's cries, we were afraid
she was hurt, or had a little kid who was
hurt or something. So we stopped to see what
was going on. The woman crawled off the
porch. "There are men hiding under the porch
with guns!" Wow. This run day just got
It was Wednesday, and it was
around 6:45 am. We were doing our weekly
morning run. About three minutes before the
scene described above, I made this
statement. "Guys, the blog last week was
boring. We need something crazy to happen so
I have something to write about."
Suggestions were offered about ways to make
crazy things happen, but none of them were
taken seriously, because they involved
endangering our lives. Well, it was starting
to look like our lives were in danger
"There are men under the
porch with guns!" The lady told us. "They're
trying to shoot me through the floor. Help
me. Please." We took a look around the
porch. It was cinder block. There were no
openings and there was no way to get
"I think you're
safe," Mark said. "There's no one under your
We started to walk away but
the woman freaked out. "No! They'll kill me!
You have to stay and get help. Please." She
was very jumpy and wouldn't look any of us
in the eye when she was talking to us.
Whether it be a mental condition or drugs,
this lady was not all there.
tried to explain that there was no one under
the porch, and there really was no way we
could stay AND get help at the same time.
None of us had phones and didn't really know
what to tell this lady. Since she wouldn't
let us go to the neighbor's house to use the
phone (the men might be hiding in the
houses, she told us,) we told her again that
she was safe and we were going to leave.
"If you leave," she said "you will all
be responsible for MY DEATH."
guilt card. She had played the guilt card.
It was at this moment that I began to wonder
if she was actually knew that she was making
everything up. But Kevin, Mitch and Mark,
jogged off to go find a phone and call the
police. The rest of us stayed around and
tried to keep the woman calm.
longer we talked to this woman, the more
extravagant and bizarre her story got. She
lived a few blocks away, but for some
reason, in the middle of the night she had
to run away to escape from these men who
wanted to kill her. She had hid on the porch
for three hours (she had slept there for a
little while too) while she waited and
listened for the men. (This wasn't her
house, she was hiding/sleeping on some
random person's porch.) She could hear what
they were saying because she had found one
of their headsets (she showed me a
Bluetooth) and that's how she knew when to
roll over on the porch. She had had a
flashlight that made cricket noises, but the
men took it and played it really loudly the
entire time she was laying on the porch. The
men also had her son, and were going to kill
him if they didn't kill her. They had told
her not to leave the house, or she would go
to jail for two days (she was being set up).
Every once in a while she would ask us if we
were with "them" or if we knew who "they"
were. We assured her that we had no
association with these people and that
everything would be fine. But this lady was
far from fine.
Kevin was walking
back from trying to find a phone. The woman
was sure that Kevin was one of "them", even
though he had been with us at the start. We
convinced her Kevin was safe, and she calmed
down. Then she saw a kid walking to school.
"He's one of them," she said. "Yes, he's one
"That's just a kid going
to school. He's fine," I said.
how he's walking. He's got a gun," the woman
said. She began to fidget even more.
"Kids walk that way these days," Jake
Finally, the police came. The
officer came and listened to the woman tell
pretty much the same story that she told us,
except this time, she said then men told her
she would have gone to jail for two years.
I gave the officer a "I think this
is woman is crazy" look and gave me a
"you're right" look. "You guys can go now,"
he told us. "I dealt with this earlier
today." (According to the woman who let Mark
and Mitch use her phone, the police had been
out at about 1:30 am that same morning, and
had pretty much the same experience.)
The rest of this week went on without
incident. We raced at Otterbein this
weekend, and that went pretty well.
Otterbein is usually a fairly fast race. The
course was a little muddy, but, considering
all the rain we had, it wasn't that bad. Our
team came in 9th out of 13 teams this
weekend and CJ set a PR. This Friday, we
have the All-Ohio Race at Cedarville. There
will be 50 or 60 schools in this race
because almost every school in Ohio runs in
it. Cedarville is a faster course than
Otterbein, so we are looking forward to
running even faster this week.
Hometown: Massillon, OH
Sports Management/Exercise Studies
Favorite Food: Chicken parmesan
Favorite XC Course: Trumball County
Favorite Movie: The
Quote: "To give anything less than your best
is to sacrifice the Gift." - Steve
Crazy Running Story:
Back in high school, I almost got run over
by the school van while we were warming up
for practice. It just so happens that my
principal was driving the van and didn't see
me. I almost passed out; I was freaked out
Mark "Hot Sauce" Rednour
Hometown: Strongsville, OH
Favorite cross country
Free Willy 3: The Rescue
running quote: "Remember to bring your green
books" - Chip Wilson
story: Once while running through a
cornfield, I saved the whole team from
inevitable disaster by fighting off a pack
of mutant velociraptors from space with a
sword I made from a bag of trail mix.
Complete "Right in Stride with