High School Running
What years did you compete at Shawnee Mission West?
High School Career Highlights
I had a couple running highlights, but some of the biggest highlights came through relationships. I loved getting to know upperclassmen and lowerclassmen through XC. Being awarded the PACE award my senior year was a big highlight.
What are you favorite memories from running cross country at West?
Some of my favorite memories include getting to know some of my best friends and getting to be part of such a large team! I loved team dinners, girls’ team sleepovers, and Base camp!
Lessons learned from cross country?
So many! There truly are few things I’ve done that have been more difficult then completing summer conditioning or an entire season of cross-country practices/meets. It definitely taught me the value and reward of hard, consistent work. It gave me a discipline to continue running even after high school ended. It also showed me that hard work can be made fun when a group of teammates have a positive attitude. And of course, I learned to appreciate Saturday mornings that much more when I didn’t have to wake up at 5:30 am for a meet!
What impact has cross country had on your life?
It’s provided the basis of a healthier life style. It’s literally become a mode of transportation at times. Long distance running has strengthened relationships and provided a competitive challenge post-college. Most importantly though, it’s given me a mindset that big goals can be achievable, but that those goals are always more fun to accomplish among a group of teammates.
Advice to younger runners:
Look at running as an opportunity to challenge yourself, connect with others, and as a sport that you can do for a lifetime! And like with anything, you get out of it what you put in to the workouts and team dynamic.
What you currently doing? Do you have any news you want to share?
I played intramurals in college and staying active through recreational sports has continued to be a big part of my life into adulthood. With that said, back in February I contacted Coach Onnen. I knew I would be graduating in May and aside from planning a wedding and the occasional babysitting gig, I’d have a mostly free summer before I start my Speech Therapy position in SMSD. What I thought would be a fun summer of running and getting to know high schoo