Athletes to Watch: Cross Country

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SOPHOMORE JACKIE HUCHLER 

What do you do to prepare right before a meet?

Before meets I usually try to stretch and warm up for about 20 minutes. I have to make sure to hydrate all day.

How do you stay in shape for cross country?

I attend practice every day for cross country, and I also have soccer practice every day, too. Even though I can only attend cross-country practice about once a week, I still stay in shape by playing soccer.

What got you interested in this sport?

There is only one event and it is the 5K. This is 3.1 miles. I did track, so I was already interested in running and I knew it would help me with my soccer. Also, my teammate and the captain of cross country, Katherine MacNeal, inspired me to do it.

Why do you enjoy this sport?

I enjoy it because everyone on the team is so close and we are like a family. Also, by running a lot, it helps me with my soccer.

 

-BY MEREDITH SHELDON

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SOPHOMORE NICHOLAS HERNANDEZ

Where do you see yourself in the future with cross country?

Cross country has been a great experience for me, and my hope is to become a great runner. Since this is my first year of cross country, I haven’t really thought about how my future would be. I have always thought about running in college, and I feel like I will. But first I need to get better.

How do you stay in shape during off-season?

During the off-season, I actually rest because to be honest, running is exhausting. And since it is one month after cross country, I use it to keep in shape. I would go and run a couple of miles just to keep my endurance up and a couple of sprints just to prepare for track and keep my strength up.

Who inspired you to start running?

Running has always just been a fun exercise for me since I was a kid, but it wasn’t until I got to middle school that I became more involved. I was on the team at Tequesta. I joined track, and eventually that lead to me joining cross country. So everything just sort of happened the moment I decided to try out for track in middle school.

How else do you physically train other than running?

If I’m lucky, once or twice a week I could go to the gym and work on other parts of my body. But cross country usually wears me out, so I have no energy to do anything else. Running has just always been a useful way to train physically.

-BY MORGAN MARTIN

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