By Matt Browning
Carson Fouard of Ell-Saline was voted the Salina Area Preseason Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. Fouard took 16th last season at the 2A State Cross Country Meet.
Fouard also was an all-league selection last year for the Cardinals and his fastest time was 17:10.
“Last season, my state experience taught me that every step matters,” Fouard said. “It’s a matter of seconds that determines placings.”
Being able to build on each race, towards the ultimate goal, is what Fouard is focusing on this season.
“My personal goals this season are to continue to show growth, race by race,” Fouard said. “I look forward to motivating teammates to do their personal best too.”
While Fouard certainly has the physical traits and tools to be a successful runner, it is what goes on internally that he feels separates him from other runners.
“I focus on one race at a time not only physically, but mentally,” Fouard said. “My strength is staying mentally strong.”
At this time, Fouard has not made any decisions on where he wants to go to college, however, he is interested in continuing his running career. He is interested in a career in either physical education or sports communication.