Spartans honor late coach Chris Unsworth

Grace Phair (left), Megan Mulvey and Sydni Viola speak during the dedication of the Chris Unsworth memorial Wednesday. (Photo by Matthew Tonis)

Wednesday was an emotional day at Monument Mountain High School, as the Spartan cross country team dedicated a memorial to its late coach, Chris Unsworth, before the seniors embarked on the final home meet of their careers.

Unsworth died in July after a battle with cancer at age 48, survived by his parents and three siblings.

Boys’ cross country coach, and Unsworth’s longtime friend, Ted Collins, new girls’ cross country coach Scott Annand and senior runner Grace Phair, flanked by fellow seniors Megan Mulvey and Sydni Viola, all spoke to the assembled crowd of family, friends and the competing teams at the dedication ceremony.

A stone marking his name and the dates of his coaching tenure now sits on the front lawn of the high school engraved with a quote from the movie “McFarland USA,” which he and his team watched each season, that says, “We fly like blackbirds through the orange groves, floating on a warm wind when we run, we own the earth.”

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