'Young' runner places sixth at states

photo from Yearbook archives

Most sophomore athletes would not even dream of placing competitively at a state level. One runner did just this, sprinting toward a sixth place finish.

Sophomore Gwyneth Young competed in the girls’ section of the cross country states competition in Hershey Nov. 3. Her time was 19:20, whereas the first place runner’s time was 18:42.

“It felt fun and awesome,” said Young. “I had a lot of fun racing against my competitors and friends, and just having fun while doing so.”

Young trained intensively throughout the fall season and prepared for the race by knowing the course and how she could best succeed running it.

“I trained like I was top ten in the state,” said Young. “I visualized the course, and how I would run it, and won the moment by focusing on being confident but being ready to go.”

As an underclassman, Young has shown a surprising amount of success compared to the brevity of her running career.

“I was a little surprised by how well I did,” said Young. “But I knew I was capable of running [in the state competition].

“I just had to believe in myself and push myself.”

She hopes to continue to improve her running and that her success at states will be one of many.

“I’m hoping this experience will be a launching pad into the rest of high school,” said Young. “I want to keep building and moving up.”

Young also placed second at the district competition and felt this victory fueled her success at the state level.

“It felt great making it [to states],” said Young. “But even better that I was going as runner up for the district and that I was representing the district like that.”

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