Houston Christian Senior cross country runner, Katherine Quandt, received a fourth place medal at the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) 5A State Championship on Oct. 22. The boy’s team placed 8th in the state meet, making it the highest finish in HC’s history for the boys’ team.
Quandt, HC’s number one runner since 2008, battled with hip pain throughout the season due to a lubrar tear which is especially common among female distance runners. After the diagnosis, Quandt was allowed to run three times a week for no longer than four miles. Her passion and determination helped her get back in the team and complete a two-mile run on Sept.16 during the Rice Invitational Cross Country Meet with a 15:55 time. During the Calallen Invitational on Oct. 8 she broke her own school record of 12:10 and concluded the two-mile at an 11:57 pace.
“Ironically, my senior year, the year in which I’ve done the least amount of running, has taught me the most, and has made me grow up so much more than any previous year. I’d never been such an enthusiastic fan; I’d never jumped up and down when other kids broke personal records,” Quandt said. “Instead of leading from the front, I learned how to lead from behind, supporting the rest of my team as they took the spotlight,” she said.
At the TAPPS championship, the boys team was led by sophomore Cameron Duffy and senior Max Brown finishing at 17:12 and 17:44 respectively, placing higher than any previous HC boys at a state championship.