It always comes down to Sydnie.
For four seasons, she has led North Rangers Girls Cross Country, this small team of underdogs who could always count on her to make them proud. When other teams dismissed them, Sydnie was there passing their fastest runners. When her teammates focused on keeping up and competing with each other, Sydnie was there claiming North’s place among schools with larger, faster teams. When her teammates looked to her for when to warm up, what to wear, what drill to do next, Sydnie was there, relying on herself to know and lead them. And when the season turned into the post-season, Sydnie was there, the lone Ranger, taking North to Regionals and, she desperately hoped, the State Championship.
After captaining her teammates for her last season, Sydnie traveled 80 miles to race without them at the Youngstown Regional Cross Country Tournament. It was her fourth chance to compete for a spot at the state meet and, as she was very aware, her final shot.
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