Inspiration can come from the least likely moments. Elizabeth Wren trained this past winter for two marathons. When an IT band injury struck, she dropped out of one race and then gutted through the other, the Flying Pig Marathon. Midway through the race, she started chatting with a few strangers who were pacing alongside her. " I talked to so many people about trails and decided, before even finishing the Pig, that I wanted to do a 50k," Elizabeth says. That random conversation in the middle of a race set her on the path to her first ultra. We sat down...
his past Saturday, both the Hilliard Davidson girls and boys won the Pickerington Regional. Once again, both programs are headed to the state XC championships. To outside observers, that doesn't come as a surprise. It seems as though the Davidson teams magically find their way to the top every year. To those within the program, they know that there's no magic to it. The Wildcats reach the top through a program that stresses hard work, team unity, and a growth mindset. Runners at Davidson don't settle. They improve. A lot.
Junior Matt Duvall has led the state ranked Pickerington North XC team all season long. Last year, he finished 23rd at the state cross country meet and 7th in the 3200m at the state track meet. This year, as the XC post-season continues to heat up, he has even bigger goals. We caught up with the Pickerington superstar on the eve of the regional meet to see how his season has gone, what he's shooting for next, and what it's like to run for the always-competitive Pickerington North squad.
As the middle school cross country season hits a peak, Caitlyn Jones is on a tear. The St. Michael's runner has won everything from weekday tri meets to big invites like the Pickerington North Classic.