2021 Team Captains

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Name: Gracy Frea

 

Favorite Memory:  Going to the wild lights with my sister

 

What I enjoy doing when I’m not running: Playing or writing music

 

Who inspires you and why:  My sister because she is not afraid to try anything or go her own way

 

I think people would be surprised to know: I have 6 cats and I’ve never actually liked running

My favorite Pig-out food:  Cheetos

My favorite quote:  “In love we find out who we want to be, in war we find out who we really are” -nightingale

 

My advice to younger teammates:  Do not ever think you aren’t good enough or that you don’t fit in

 

My biggest accomplishment during my time in XC:  Lettering sophomore year and taking off 12.5 minutes on 5k time

 

When I graduate I hope to:  Find more people that make me as happy as XC people (and have a successful career in performance)

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Name: Grace Holt

Favorite Memory:  Watching my brother and my friend Lex make it to states in cross country

 

What I enjoy doing when I’m not running:  Cooking, baking, and being outside

 

Who inspires you and why:  My brother Sam because of what he was able to accomplish his senior year of XC

 

I think people would be surprised to know:  I really like watching the Harry Potter movies

 

My favorite Pig-out food:  Chocolate chip cookies and pizza

 

My favorite quote:  When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

 

My advice to younger teammates:  Stay consistent, love the sport, push each other, be humble and kind, trust the process, believe.

My biggest accomplishment during my time in XC:  First team OCC my junior year, being able to support those I love, but most of all making so many friends in the running community who have become a huge part of my support system

 

When I graduate I hope to: Get a degree in exercise science and go into some sort of field with athletes

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Name:  Caroline Gilliigan

 

Favorite Memory:  The mud run at Gallion my freshman year

 

What I enjoy doing when I’m not running: I love baking when i’m bored or stressed

 

Who inspires you and why:  My mom because she’s a cancer survivor and the strongest woman i know

 

I think people would be surprised to know: I did irish dance for 8 years

 

My favorite Pig-out food:  Ice cream or popcorn

 

My favorite quote:  Everything happens for a reason

 

My advice to younger teammates: Don’t stress about meets and remind yourself that the only person you’re running against is yourself and your own time

 

My biggest accomplishment during my time in XC:  Getting the opportunity to be captain and leave a mark on the team

 

When I graduate I hope to:  Go to Cincinnati’s college of nursing and become a neonatal nurse

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Name: Sophia Pasquale

Favorite Memory:   Summer vacations with my cousins

 

What I enjoy doing when I’m not running:  Being outside, driving, listening to music and doing my nails 

 

Who inspires you and why:  Anyone who has overcome great challenges in their life

 

I think people would be surprised to know:  I actually don’t like to run

 

My favorite Pig-out food: Pasta

 

My favorite quote:  All of the stars have a reason to shine 

 

My advice to younger teammates:  Listen to your body it will tell you what it needs

When I graduate I hope to:  Become a therapist or counselor 

The Senior Class

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Name: Sadie Grote

 

Favorite Memory:  Screaming “Sweet Caroline” during XC camp

What I enjoy doing when I’m not running Making necklaces, painting, drawing, watching Netflix, hanging out with friends

Who inspires you and why: My other XC teammates because everyone is so supportive- everyone working together towards their own personal best

I think people would be surprised to know: I have a very long tongue.

My favorite Pig-out food:   Sushi or pesto pasta.

My favorite quote:  “Trust the process”

My advice to younger teammates:  DO NOT underestimate the importance of stretching, drinking water, and eating enough before running.

My biggest accomplishment during my time in XC:  Running every day

When I graduate I hope to:   Go to college and travel the world

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Name: Rory Van Gorder

 

Favorite Memory: ​Jumping in the dog pond with Gracy and long runs with my senior girls<3 

What I enjoy doing when I’m not running: I like long after practice naps and eating Ben and Jerry’s by the pint.

 

Who inspires you and why:  My teammates inspire me everyday because they push themselves hard and do it with a smile:) 

I think people would be surprised to know: I despise running

My favorite Pig-out food:   Kettle Corn 🌽 

 

My favorite quote:  “There is no traffic on the extra mile” 

“Find comfort in the Chaos” 

 

My advice to younger teammates:  Have fun kiddos! Make some memories and create strong friendships

 

My biggest accomplishment during my time in XC:  Running over 300 miles before my first season as a junior.

When I graduate I hope to:  Major in Business Management with a Minor in Spanish

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Name: Maddie Jarzabek

 

Favorite Memory:   One practice last fall it was pouring rain and it was so fun just running in the rain because we didn’t have a specific workout to do we just ran around alum creek in small groups.

What I enjoy doing when I’m not running:  Shopping, planning roadtrips/ trips, watching Netflix/ YouTube, trying new food places 

Who inspires you and why: People who made it to the top coming from nothing. 

I think people would be surprised to know:  I like sprints more than distance 

My favorite Pig-out food:  Salt and vinegar chips and grilled cheese 

My favorite quote:  Never say you can’t. You don’t know if you can do something until you try it.

My advice to younger teammates:  Mental toughness is the key to distance running. You need to train hard and push yourself through the pain to be successful.

My biggest accomplishment during my time in XC:   Starting junior year not running distance at all in my life and within a month running 5 mile long runs.

When I graduate I hope to:  major in biological science with a minor in history on a premedical path while traveling during my college years.