The weather is getting cold, the leaves are falling off the trees, shorts are no longer in season–it’s the closing of Lauren Allison’s last cross country season ever.
Allison, senior, is a four-year cross country runner and a captain senior year. Her love for running came when she was only 11 years old, and she decided to join cross country freshman year because of inspiration from her family.
“My sister, Jenna Allison, did it in high school and came back with really good experiences, and I’ve always had a connection with running ever since fifth grade,” Allison said.
“I loved running in high school and I was really happy to pass down the tradition to Lauren,” Jenna said.
Allison’s favorite year of high school running was sophomore year, because she discovered how much potential she had. Her worst year was junior year, because she had a lot more on her plate besides running.
“I found the most improvement during sophomore year, and it felt good to be PR-ing and knowing how hard I was working, but junior year was rough because I was also training for a half marathon at the time, and my classes were the hardest that year,” Allison said.
Her favorite part of cross country throughout the four years were the meets, and going to Waldo Pizza with the team. The thing she will miss the most about cross country is being a part of a team, meeting new people and “the feeling when you’re done with a race,” she says.
Being a captain of the team senior year was important for her because it was a new leadership experience, and it looks good on a college application.
After high school, her running career will continue with running 5ks/half marathons, and running on her own in college.
Allison will miss cross country and all of its unique aspects.