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Runner Sasha leads Cross Country to victory

Sasha is a two-time state champion in Cross Country.

Laura Murphy

Sasha is a two-time state champion in Cross Country.

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The 8th grade cross country team recently won a state champion title in Clarksville, Tennessee. Cross country runner Sasha was named the state champion for the state of Tennessee.

Sasha says she enjoys running because of her team.

“Along with running, I do swimming,” Sasha said. “I was swimming before I was running.”

Sasha admits that she was nervous about the state meet.

“The meet up in Clarksville was very intense since there were good runners on the other side of Tennessee that I had never raced before,” Sasha said.

How did Sasha prepare for this event?

“I had to eat healthy and stay fit,” she said.

Shaun Potts, a cross country coach, has been actively coaching since he came to John Sevier Middle School four years ago. Leading up to the state meet, he made sure Sasha and his other runners were prepared.

“Our top varsity runners did a long run, tempo run, hill workout and strines every week during the sessions,” Potts said.

Despite all of this hard work, Sasha enjoys working with her coaches.

“Mr. and Mrs. Potts are very amazing coaches who make you work very hard,” she said.

Sasha believes that running is important because it is healthy.

“Running has made me a healthier person,” Sasha said.
Potts agrees.

“It’s good for you and keeps you in good cardio-vascular condition,” he said.

Sasha was very excited at the state meet and had confidence that her team could win.

“I think of my friends as my family and will miss them next year,” she said.

How does Sasha’s family feel about her accomplishments?

“My family runs and they were proud of me at the championship meeting,” she said.

Sasha is very satisfied with her success.

“I was happy and excited when my team placed first and the same when I placed first for our team,” she said.

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