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Varsity Girls XC – Lizette Castro

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Cross country is not an easy sport to participate in. Since this sport requires running for countless miles, it involves extreme stamina and a great amount of determination. However, one might actually be attracted to join because of this reason. Senior Lizette Castro, for example, has been running long distance for all four years of high school.

“[I was inspired to join because] it’s a hard sport, not anyone can just do it. Not everyone can have the mental stability to do it. I run an average of 30 to 50 miles a week,” explains Castro.

Due to extensive practice, Castro goes through about 3 to 4 pairs of running shoes… a year!

Although some may find the enjoyment of running their favorite thing about XC, Castro appreciates the bond that exists within the team.

“It has a family feeling, everybody watches out for each other and helps each other,” said Castro.

As runners get ready for their race, they do a few things in order to prepare for it. Senior Castro she eats a hearty pre-race meal which consists of rice, beans, and two boiled eggs. Right before the race she prays as well as listens to the song “Rise” by Katy Perry.

While these runners are set on crossing the finish line, one question you may have is ‘What goes through their head while they’re running?’. As for Castro, she solves math problems.

“This is crazy, but I usually do a math problem. Coach Hake gives me a math problem and I solve it while I’m racing,” admits Castro.

Solving problems must be the key to victory, because she has broken a total of 5 records throughout her years in XC. Lizette has broken records for the Rosemead XC Invite, Legg Lake Course, Riverside XC Course, Bonelli Park XC and Bell Gardens Invitational Course.

“I’m happy about it- I don’t mean to be all about myself, but I worked hard for it,” says Castro.

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