Sullivan succeeds in first season of cross country


Mackenzie Sullivan strides at practice, working on improving her form and posture to help her in upcoming meets. Photo by Delilah Coe

Junior Mackenzie Sullivan has broken records for Mercy on the track and field team and is willing to see if she can do the same for the cross country team.

“As a captain, my goal is to keep everyone motivated and wanting to reach their goals and potential,” said Sullivan. She was elected as a captain by her teammates her first week on the team, and since then she has become a role model for them because of her focus and positive attitude towards running.

Not only is she a leader, but her perseverance took her to the Junior Olympics this past summer where she placed second in the 400-meter hurdles race.

“My hopes for this cross country season are to learn how to love long distance running and get stronger for track,” said Sullivan. Even though the transition from track to cross country is a huge change, she still has goals she plans on reaching.

“I’m loving the challenge and new friends,” said Sullivan. She is currently about a month into the season and adoring the sport.

Though she is proud of her accomplishments thus far, Sullivan is determined to keep getting better and make it to nationals this year. She plans on sticking with cross country until she graduates, and then going to a Big Ten school to continue her track career.