By Hayden Swope
Eva Matteucci, a cross country athlete from Sacred Heart, was voted the Salina Area Girls Cross Country Poll Winner.
“I felt great to feel so supported by my family and friends,” Matteucci said. “It’s an honor.”
Matteucci spent the offseason training and getting coached by the best to prepare for the competition this season.
“I’ve done quite a bit this past year,” Matteucci said. “I have been training with Distance Inc. coached by Huey Counts. I attended a running camp in Colorado this summer and I have also been training with my team. My stamina is good but I have been trying to find ways to improve my overall speed.”
Matteucci not only has personal goals, but also has high hopes for the team.
“As a team, I’m looking for us to make and place well at state,” Matteucci said. “Personally, I’m just looking to keep improving meet to meet.”
Not only a leader on the course, Matteucci also gets to put her talents on the stage during the week.
“I participate in the school musicals, choir, and I’m on the track team,” Matteucci said.
Matteucci plans to continue her academic career and hopes to continue running as well.
“I would love to keep running in college,” Matteucci said. “I plan to major in Elementary Education.”