By Payton Moody
Rachel Hurst, a dedicated cross country athlete from Broken Bow High School, is a force of determination and academia both on and off the track. Her journey is not only marked by her impressive performances but also by the impactful lessons she has gathered through her sport and education.
Reflecting on her favorite teacher, Hurst credits a teacher from her middle school years. “My favorite teacher I’ve had so far has been Mr. Glasson, who taught my Stem class when I was in middle school,” she said. “He has impacted my life because he has been such a positive example of someone who is encouraging, sincerely cares about others, and is always willing to help someone who is struggling.”
To better prepare herself for the upcoming season, Hurst has taken proactive steps. “To prepare for this upcoming season, I have made myself practice on my own time instead of waiting on team practices,” she said.
The sport of cross country has not only honed Hurst’s physical abilities but has also imparted valuable life lessons. “Running cross country has taught me a few valuable life lessons,” Hurst said. “It has taught me patience, perseverance, the value of hard work, and the power and importance of determination.”
Among her treasured memories in the sport, Hurst reminisces about friendly competition within her team. “One of my favorite memories in my sport has been always racing my teammates when running the dirt road at Lukfata,” she said.
Setting her sights on the upcoming season, Hurst sets a personal goal. “My goal is to place higher and beat my previous time each meet,” Hurst stated.
As for her plans beyond high school, Hurst envisions a bright future. “After high school, I plan to attend college,” she said. Hurst is exploring fields like dermatology and speech-language pathology, and regardless of her choice, she emphasizes her commitment to being guided by faith and serving as a positive influence in the lives of others.
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