(San Antonio, TX) — Lily Langley recently competed in the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross-Country Championships in San Antonio Texas.
She began her 2013 cross-country season with the first ever Heard County Middle School cross-country team coached by Melissa Nichol and finished the season with the Carrollton Parks and Recreation team coached by Larry Turner and assistant Bradley McLester.
The Carrollton Parks and Recreation team competes in the USATF League. Lily competes in the 11-12 year old girls division. They run 3k races varying in terrain and difficulty but typically in grassy fields and wooded areas.
The USA Track and Field is the national governing body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States.
It is the number one high school and junior high school participatory sport. The sport also has more than 30 million adult members spanning all 50 states.
Lily has been running since age seven when she competed in the eight and under 800 Meter Race. From the beginning it was clear that Lily had a heart for running. The competition was strong and Lily placed second in several races that first year behind the same runner.
The week before the state race, she threw every ounce of determination into practice. Randy and Nichol Langley, Lily’s parents, stated “That her quiet resolve to win the day of the race was a bit unsettling because they worried about her disappointment.”
Lily surprised them all; she ran the fastest 800 Meter she had ever ran winning the State Championship. That same will to exceed and determination has shown through this 2013 Cross Country season in the many miles of practice that was required to advance to the USATF National Competition.
The team was required to practice three days a week involving distance running of 3-4 miles and also speed training on the track. The State Championship was held in Fayette County, and the 11-12 yr. old age division had approx 80 runners.
In order to advance to the Region Meet, runners had to finish in the top 30. Region Meet is made up of Georgia and South Carolina. Runners also had to finish in the top 30 to move on to Nationals in San Antonia Texas.
After earning advancement in the State Meet, Lily became determined to advance to the Nationals. She began practicing four days a week. The hard work paid off and she ran a personal record at the Region Meet.
Lily earned a trip to San Antonio, Texas and the awesome opportunity to compete in the largest meet of her life. Lily competed well among 403 other 11-12 yr. olds in her age division. She ended her 2013 Cross Country Season with a great feeling of accomplishment. (Courtesy of the Times~Journal)