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Senior Spotlight: Msgana Araya

Msgana Araya
Msgana Araya

Why do you run?

It helps me alleviate my stress from the school day and I love spending time with the team (when I'm not being roasted)! It's also super rewarding and can be fun (if you try to make it fun even though it's sometimes a love-hate relationship).

When/How did you start running?

I remember in 5th grade there was some kind of "Fun Run" where we all ran on the track and ran as many laps as we could. I did the most laps in my class, even though it was probably only like a mile or two, but I remember feeling so proud and my Mom really encouraged me to keep on doing it so I did!

What is your favorite workout?

Tempo runs and mile repeats

What advice would you offer to a new runner?

Enjoy it before it's over and don't question yourself! If you put the work in and stay positive the results will come with patience! All it takes is all you've got.

What will you miss the most about running cross country at Ravenwood?

I've always felt like the mom of the group so I guess it will feel weird without everyone next year. Even though they can be a pain in the posterior, I'll mostly miss the goofy people and the fun memories we've made. The smallest things make me laugh so I'll miss all the weird jokes and Coach's voice impersonations. I'll also miss racing because it's the most exciting part!

What is on your pre-race playlist?

Hulahoop (because it's a tradition) and Close to You

What do you like to do besides run?

I love to spend time with my family and cousins, hang out with friends, shop, bake, and sing along to musicals (because why not and Mamma Mia is the greatest movie of all time)!!

What do you plan to study in college?

Biological Sciences/ Pre-Med to become a Pediatrician!