Bethany Norman Xenia Christian Runner

08/23/2011

Be sure to check out oh.milesplit.com for this article about Bethany Norman of Xenia Christian. She is featured as one of the top female runners in the state this year in cross country.

Athlete Name: Bethany Norman

School: Xenia Christian

Year of Graduation: 2013

Best times in a 5K race and in which meet.

18:57.1 at the State Cross Country Championship 2010

Tell us how your summer training is going?

Awesome!! I attened a high power cross country camp and am in the middle of a two a day week with my team!! I am feeling strong and confident and I know that God is with me every step of the way so I am ready for this season!

What are your goals for the upcoming season?

I want to get in the 17s and be in the top 3 at state! Plus break my school record which is 18:53. And break my mom's record,who is also my coach, of an 18:45.

How long have you been running and how did you get started?

I have been running since age 4 and have loved it my whole life! My mom got me started into running because she was a runner! She ran for Purdue University in college and was very good so I am trying to carry on the tradition! She is also my coach and helps me so much! I could not do it without her!!

Will you be competing out of state this season?

Most likely not

What is your favorite course to run in your state?

The John Bryan course!! I always get a runners high on that course and just feel amazing! i have always PRed on it.

What is the toughest course to run in your state?

Our home course "The Ambassador Classic." There are a ton of hills and creek crossing and some rough terrian! Times are always slow on it but training and competeing on that course has made me a stronger runner! So I thank God for our hard course!

What is your favorite cross country race so far in your high school career?

So far my favorite race would have to be Metro Buckeye Conference at the John Bryan course this past year as a sophomore!! I got a runner's high and felt amazing! I was able to win the meet by over 2 minutes!! It was an incredible gift from God! And that gave me confidence to face the competion of the next weeks race which was districts!

Favorite cross country memory?

My favorite memory is simple but very important to me. It was at regionals freshman year when I crossed the finish line in 8th place with my ticket punched to next weeks race at state!!! It was the first time that it had hit me that I was a state level runner!! I placed 24th that year as a freshman and then came back last year as a sophomore and placed 6th! I only did it through God's power, not my own!! He is amazing and all the praise goes to Him!

When you are not running what is your favorite thing to do?

I enjoy showing animals and competeing in different projects in 4-H.

Favorite quote?

"To sacrifice anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift."-Steve Prefontaine