Sophia McNerney: It’s a runner’s world


Gwendolynne Royle

Sophia McNerney taking on a cross country course for the DGS team.

Many people say there is nothing quite like a cross country race. The autumn air on their face, the anxiety right before the cap gun is shot and the cold donuts with some overpriced Gatorade. For junior Sophia McNerney, this is her happy place.

Since her freshman year, McNerney has worked hard to prove herself on the DGS girls cross country team, and this year is no exception. As of August first, McNerney is ranked fourth in the state in the 3200 meters.

One can’t reach the same level as McNerny overnight; it takes time and practice. McNerney reflects on why she chose cross country.

“I chose cross country because I really like running and really like the longer distances and I just love running with the team,” McNerney said.

While many find running to be monotonous, McNerney says doing well in a race makes the hardships worth it.

“It is really rewarding to get a personal best because all of your hard work shows through, especially with cross country when we are working from June to November,” Mcnerney said.

The DGS girls cross country team is on a major winning streak and this year is no exception. In fact, they won conference for the 22nd year in a row in October and are off to state this weekend.

Because of COVID-19, many sports and their future’s are up in the air. McNerney explains how it has affected her season.

“COVID has actually played a huge part in how our season has gone. We haven’t been able to have spectators and we’ve only been allowed to race other teams in our conference which has definitely limited competition,” McNerney said.

Over the past few years, schools have seen a push for daily exercise, especially aerobic exercise like running. Cross country has the second lowest rate of injury and also offers intense exercise. McNerney offers some advice for people just beginning their cross country journey.

“Be patient and stay consistent because it is going to be hard at first, but it will be worth it,” McNerney said.