On November 4th at the 5A Cross Country State Championship race, the Lexington boys finished 5th while the girls ended up in 13th.
The highlight of the races for Wildcat fans was the performance of freshman Ava Fowler. She crossed the line in 9th place overall in a field of 147 runners and was named to the All-State team. After the race, lexingtonwildcats.com spoke with Ava about her season and her outstanding accomplishment.
Your finishing time was 19:09. How does that rank for you?
It’s my personal best. I was hoping to peak for this race and I was able to accomplish that.
How has this season gone for you?
At the beginning of the summer I got injured. I had five stress fractures in my foot so I had to cross train and then was gradually able to start running again. The cross training carried over a lot and helped me get stronger.
Did you miss any meets this season due to the injury?
I missed the county meet because I was only at about 50% but I ran in all the other races.
Tell us about the course here at Sandhills and how you raced it today.
I feel like a lot of people went out really fast. I knew that they would and just tried to stay controlled and move up from there because I expected some of them to drop back. The hill in the middle of the course was tough but I knew it would affect everyone so my goal was to speed up after that point for the second half of the race. Coming to the homestretch I felt strong and was able to pass one runner and finish in 9th. Originally my plan was to stay with the top River Bluff and Dutch Fork runners but I got ahead of them after the first mile and didn’t see them again. I just wanted to run how I felt and that worked out for me today.
What are your future running plans?
I will continue to run cross country and track at Lexington and hope to continually get better so I can also run at the college level.