MOUNT VERNON — On your mark, get set, run. And they’re off.
Off the blocks goes the Mount Vernon girls’ track team. Along with them is junior Caroline See.
Over the last few years, See has accomplished many achievements in track and cross country. See has been running since she was in fifth grade. At first, she ran alone and eventually made her way to competing with her classmates in school sports.
All of her success started by going out with her mom on a run, but she would tag along on a bike. One day, her mom asked Caroline if she wanted to run instead of bike, which she agreed to. The two continued going on their runs until the day Caroline started running faster than her mom — and her mom ended up on the bike.
“My grandma also inspired me to run,” See said, adding her grandmother is active and inspired Caroline to go out and do what she does best — running.
See’s favorite part of running is when it’s over, knowing she achieved something that can keep her energized throughout the day. One thing she said she needs to work on is her negativity. Whenever she doesn’t do her best, negative thoughts go through her head, making her a lesser version of her best self.
She tries to push those thoughts aside and stay as positive as she possibly can. She also tries to keep her teammates more positive and on the path to success.
In her freshman year, See ran cross-country and distance events in track. She ran the 3,200 relay at state her freshman year. While running cross-country her sophomore year, she was an alternate on the state-qualifying team. She believes the team can make it to state this year.
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Everyone has mishaps and stories. See said in her freshman year of cross-country, she had to borrow a pair of spikes, which are special running shoes, for one of the races. She said the spikes she ran with were too big for her and at one point in the muddy race, she lost her shoe. Not being able to stop and get it, she had to run the rest of the race without the shoe. She said it didn’t end well.
See’s goals for her future are to earn a scholarship and get into a Division I college.
“Have fun, start small, don’t have high expectations until you’ve developed stamina” is See’s advice for people who are aspiring to be a runner.