One mile left to go, feet pounding, heart racing, and the determination to run faster than ever before.
Returning for her second appearance at the Cross Country State Meet, junior Abigail Wilson, the only Montgomery runner at the 2019 State Meet races on Sat., Nov. 9th in Round Rock, Texas.
“It has taken a lot of hard work and dedication to get where I am today,” Wilson said. “Setting my priorities straight has been a learning process that has contributed to my success.”
Cross Country season began in early August. Athletes arrived at the school at 6 am and run on average 10-12 hours per week.
“Abbey inspires the runners on the team to work harder and achieve higher goals,” Cross Country coach Matthew Bucchorn said. “Seeing Abbey qualify as an individual for the State Meet this year shows that you can be successful if you put effort into your sport.”
Last year 12 runners competed at the state level. Allison Wilson placed second, and Alec Wright placed 14th, they were the top placers from Montgomery.
“My sister Allison is and always will be my role model in both Cross Country and in life,” Wilson said. “She has taught me so much about the sport and caused me to be passionate about it.”
Allison is currently attending and running for Alabama University. Both Allison and Abbey ran together for two out of four years in high school.
“Always remember,that the little things make a difference and its important to fall in love with what you do,” Wilson said.