Kennedy’s Unwavering Top Cross Country Runner
By Luke Adel, Clarion Contributor
Haley Adel completed another spectacular Kennedy Cross Country season this school year. After finishing as the first individual qualifier and fourth overall at the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Meet in November, Haley qualified for the CIF state cross country meet for the second time in her high school career. Her determination and extra effort throughout the season enabled her to crush her previous sophomore-year time at the Fresno state course by over a minute with a time of 18:34.
As a freshman Haley competed on the freshman-sophomore squad, and by her sophomore year was running varsity. Since her sophomore year, her times have consistently improved, as well as her placement. This was clearly evident by finishing 35th at state meet compared to 124th placement during her sophomore year. For all of her accomplishments as a Kennedy cross country runner, Haley was awarded the most valuable player (MVP) for the varsity girl’s team, and was also presented the legacy award to commemorate her leadership and achievements during the 2015 cross country season.
As for next year, Haley is planning on attending a University in California and possibly pursuing cross country there as well. Her distance training consists of six to seven miles and her workouts to improve her hill strategy include running on the overpass that spans Florin Road. Haley also does sprint intervals on the track to improve her speed. She doesn’t do all this training by herself. She is guided by her two coaches that have been with her throughout her Kennedy running career, Coach James Bowles and Coach Michael Derrick. Even when the cross country season wound down for Haley’s teammates, they were always there cheering and supporting her along the way in the post-season competitions. Some of them continued to rain with her. Haley was undoubtedly the leader of the team, but just as she was important for the team, the team was valuable for her improvement.
This spring, Haley will begin her fourth and final season of track at Kennedy. She is aiming to beat her previous times, with the ultimate goal of breaking the school record in the 1600 meter race. However, Haley is not the only star on the track team which she would be first to point out.
Come out to the beautiful new track and support our Kennedy Cougars.
Go K House!