Making the Grade
When four special-ed students joined a new running team, little
did they know how much their lives would change B Y MEGAN HETZEL
O N A CHILLY MORNING last October, Jesse Carrico wiped the sleep from beneath his ports goggles as he struggled to pin on his race bib. It was still three hours before
he’d run his seven-mile leg of the 2011 Baltimore
Marathon, and he was already nervous. But when the
20-year-old finally spotted his relay mate’s matching
royal blue singlet coming toward him, confidence
had replaced worry. With no idea what to expect as
he took off for the finish line, Carrico simply remembered something his coaches had said to him
often: Trust your training. You can do this.
Photograph by JASON HORNICK
Kamal Williams, Jesse Carrico, Principal
Andy Parsley, Matthe w Weingram, and
Kahlid Harvell at their Baltimore school.