Falynne Reed Dashes into Semi-State

Josselyn Schick, reporter

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Running – it’s an action that many people dread and despise. With a single mention of the word, voices of disapproval arise and bat the thought away. But for some, running is a passion. Some people love the constant motion, and there’s a pull in their gut urging them to run. It leaves the rest of the population with one question: why? What makes a person want to run?

“I ask myself that question all the time,” admits cross country runner, Falynne Reed. “Why am I doing this? Why am I subjecting myself to pain? I guess I just like the competition – I like being competitive,” she stated.

That competitive drive has kept Reed running ever since she was in middle school. Looking back at the past years, Reed says that she’s grown a lot as a runner. Her improvement shows in her results. The junior runner competed in semi-state this year as well as the year before.

“I was really, really nervous, because of my results from last year. I was really wanting to do better than that. It was just a big meet, and there were a lot of people there – it was really intimidating,” Reed describes.

The path to Reed’s success during the season started long before the season even started. She says that she had to run a lot during the summer in order to be prepared for the fall meets. In the off season, nobody is forced to run – it’s a commitment that the athlete has to make for themselves.

“I think that…being in cross country, you have to be a disciplined person, because during the summer you either run or you don’t, and that can make or break you. I mean you’re not going to (daily) practice(s), so you kind of have to do it on your own,” Reed adds.

Despite her efforts, Reed was unable to advance to the state competition. Her placement in semi-state was just a few spots shy of what she needed to move on in the contest. However, Reed wasn’t discouraged. Next year, she hopes to progress to the IHSAA Girls Cross Country State Championships and see where things go from there. For now, she wants to see the growth of the sport she’s passionate about.

“Run cross country – add that in there,” Reed requests playfully, with the hope that others will decide to be part of the team and find it just as rewarding as she has all these years.

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