This year, Orono High School sent a girl to the state tournament in cross-country, but not just any girl, freshman and cross-country rookie, Sarah Harrison. Harrison was a rookie on the team and had run track since middle school, but stole the spotlight by placing ninth in the section tournament.
I sat down to talk with Harrison and she had plenty to say.
What do you like most about being part of a cross-country team?
I like the team and everyone on it. Everyone is so nice, and it’s so much fun.
Which athlete do you look up to?
I really look up to Madison Martini (OHS junior) because she is such a great person, and she really pushed me to do my best. She is a great role model.
What do you plan to do after graduation?
Even though I’m a freshman, I hope to go to college out east or west.
In ten years, what is the one thing you hope to have accomplished?
I hope that I would have finished college and have a good job by then.
Why did you join cross-country?
After I quit soccer I decided that sometimes I like to run so I would give it a shot.
Did you ever think you’d make it to state?
No. I didn’t think I had a chance, and I first thought so the day before the race when coach Aman told me I could.
What does it mean to make it to state as a freshman?
It feels really good to be there and I’m not really expecting much.
What are your goals for future seasons?
Hopefully make it to state again and keep making it to state.
What are your goals for Saturday?
I’m hoping to get in the top 50 and maybe PR.
Who has helped you get through this the most?
Haley Nielsen (OHS sophomore) has pushed me to do my best. She has a smile on her face all the time, and she is so positive and caring.
Harrison will be back in the spotlight playing right-wing on the varsity girl’s hockey team this winter and back running for track this spring. The Minnesota State Cross-Country meet starts at 2 p.m. is this Saturday, Nov. 3, on the campus of St. Olaf College.