Wildcats News · Interview with Cross Country Sectional Champion Lauren Kelley


We would like to congratulate Sophmore Lauren Kelley for winning the IHSAA Sectional Race for Cross Country on Saturday, October 6 at Connersville. The Girl’s Team placed 2nd place out of 12 teams!

Q. What does it mean to you to win the sectional race?

A. I was very proud of my accomplishment, however, I was even happier seeing that we finished second overall as a team. Through the hot summer days and intense workouts, friendships are formed. I love knowing that after school I get to hang out with my closest friends.

Q. What 3 traits do you possess that makes you such a great runner?
A. I feel that I have a lot of determination, I have a disciplined work-out routine, and I get great advice from past and current coaches.
Q. Do you have any pre-race rituals?
A. On the bus to every race, I have to get in the zone. I do this by plugging in my earbuds and playing my jams. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” is one of my favorite pump-up jams from the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack. However, I also listen to Adele quite a lot. The most important routine I have before every race is known as a “run-out.” This takes place about 2 minutes before the race and near the start line. Every team does it, however, it is not mandatory. The purpose of this is to show your school spirit and bond with your teammates before the race starts.
Q. How do you feel about your chances at Regionals?
A.  I would rather not jinx myself on this one. It would be unfulfilling if our team does not advance to Semi-State.
Q. Do you have any advice for a young person looking to get into Cross Country?
A. Never stop trying because I wasn’t very good when I first started running. I remember Mrs. Klusman helping me with my poor form in middle school and Mrs. Nobbe continues to encourage me to keep pushing myself. Mr. Dozier was also a great motivator during middle school track. My advice is to listen to the people who know more than you do.