Posted by KING HIGH CROSS COUNTRY on Feb 15 2021 at 11:28AM PST

The Martin Luther King Athletic Department has, for almost 10 years, had a “Character Counts, Victory with Honor” campaign during each sport season of the year. Coaches are asked to select athletes who embody that CIF motto and are highlighted on campus visually. In that we are not on campus this year (so far) displaying our student-athletes will be on the web only.

Jonathan is the boys’ selection for cross country:

When Jonathan Weaver chose to join the cross country team back in his sophomore year, little did we know what a gift we were getting in this young man. He was, and is, a combination of great athleticism and abundant character.

Jonathan, who had run the sprint events in track his freshmen year, decided to run a bit farther than 400 meters as a sophomore. Remarkably, he made the transition to distance running seamlessly and was quickly adding to his strength and endurance. He became one that the coaching staff could always count on to give 100% in workouts, pushing and testing himself when asked to. The improvement that came with that effort was quick and consistent … and fun to watch!

But more than just simply running well, Jonathan brought to cross country a character and integrity that drew his new teammates (and coaches) to him. Keeping pace with his work ethic in practice and passionate race day performances was a kindness and quality of spirit that had the ability to lift the team to a higher plane. He is coachable, cares about his teammates and the team and has always been a great representative of the team and the school. His positive attitude and presence, simply put, made the team better.

Jonathan Weaver will graduate this May and will leave a legacy of hard work and integrity, and for that we are immensely grateful.