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Cross Country Chronicles

Ash Deo gets an award for JV at the regional meet.

At the center of the cross-country team is a story of dedication, preparation, and passion. Dedication intertwines with preparation and passion fuels the journey.


Ash Deo, a member of the team highlights the training routine, emphasizing a well-planned weekly routine. From an intense track run on Monday to a long endurance run on Tuesday, each practice serves a specific purpose. She recognizes the importance of speed and endurance in cross-country. Moreover, working on her form and improving the crucial “kick” – sprinting fiercely in the race’s final phase – became a top priority in Deo’s training. 


“That’s when you sprint as if everything relies on it,” Deo said. 


The hot weather and uneven terrain have been struggles, emphasizing the importance of adapting to these conditions through an early night’s sleep before meets and a diet high in carbs. 


“You need to be eating a lot in the mornings”, Deo said


In addition to the physical rigors and strategic training, there is a secret part of getting ready – a hidden place in the mind. Deo highlights the hidden quality of preparing for a race mentally, an experience only understood at the moment. 


“And lately I’ve been struggling on that because I’ve overloaded myself with work”, Deo said.


Deo not only reveals the common mental struggles of runners and the importance of pushing through such thought, but she also highlights that cross country requires physical endurance and mental toughness. It is a rewarding journey. The unity, dedication, and strength of the team lead to success in their meets.


“Think of it as the faster you run, the sooner you’ll finish,” Deo said.

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Aliya Macknojia, Reporter
Hi, my name is Aliya Macknojia, and I’m a sophomore. I am also this year’s Quill & Scroll historian! I’m a part of Student Council and Model UN as well. I enjoy traveling, reading, and baking. This is my first year in the RoundUp and my goals are to cover a diverse range of topics and write impactful stories. I’m so excited and looking forward to contributing to the RoundUp through writing and photography!

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