High School Runners Compete At State Level

khs_cross-countryKennett High School sophomore Nicole Huff placed 45th in the 2015 PIAA Cross Country Championships.

Nicole began running competitively in eighth grade. From early on, Nicole’s favorite part of running cross-country was being able to challenge herself, and what better way to challenge herself than to qualify for states and run against 228 of the best high school cross-country runners?

“I enjoyed the hills on the course,” said Nicole. “Most runners don’t like hills, but I enjoyed the challenge.”

Nicole completed her race in 19 minutes, 40 seconds, ranking her 45th in the state. Running varsity cross-country is more than just a hobby for Nicole; it is a lifestyle. Each day she pushes herself to be the best she can be. Nicole’s latest goal is to run a 5K in under 18:30, and with her dedication and determination, she is well on her way to achieving anything she puts her mind to.

Aside from cross-country, Nicole is an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Nicole also is a member of the track team, where she runs the mile and two-mile events for Kennett High School.

Kennett High School junior Austin Maxwell ran to a 44th-place finish at the 2015 PIAA Cross Country Championships competing against 236 competitors. Austin finished his 5K in a time of 16:40, enough to beat out more than half of his opponents.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Austin began running at a very young age. Now, a junior in high school, Austin has been running on the varsity cross-country team for the past three years and shows true passion for the sport.

“I love to compete,” said Austin. “You get immediate feedback when you do well, and cross-country running is a great way to clear your mind.”

When Austin takes off his running shoes, he is involved in many different clubs and extracurricular activities. He is a member of the Future Business Leaders of American (FBLA) Club, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Humanitarian Club. Austin has also been elected as the chair of the Mini Thon committee this year.

The 2015 PIAA Cross Country Championships took place in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and featured 236 of the best male cross-country runners and 228 of the best female cross-country runners in the state. The course was 3.1 miles long, otherwise known as a 5K, and was specifically designed to challenge runners with difficult terrain.

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