Girls on the Run

October 14th, 2013 | By Gary No Comments


Running may seem like a very individual sport, but for the girls on the Cedar Shoals varsity cross country team, it is all about The Team. They talk about themselves like a family and they are really committed to each other first and then to their sport. This year they have set a goal to make it to the state championship. To reach this goal, they have all committed to an aggressive training plan which included running for the track and field team in the spring and doing a lot of individual and group running over the summer. It will not be easy, and there are times that they don’t want to run, but what keeps them going are the strong bonds and friendships they have with their teammates and their coach, Matt Hicks. “He is really passionate about our team … he is always finding ways to help and encourage us individually and as a team,” say the girls.

Their drive, commitment, and work ethic can also be seen in their school work and personal lives. The girls proudly claim that they are “the nerds of the school.” They all take a heavy class load filled with AP and honors classes, and most of the girls are in the top 10% of their class. They are also involved in a long list of clubs and organizations inside and outside of school and often they are the president or other leader of these groups. Like their team, each of them seems to have set aggressive goals for themselves beyond high school and even college. From what I have seen and heard from this team of girls, I have no doubt that they will reach those goals and more.

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