Julia Clark of Van Buren XC Senior Sendoff

What was your most memorable meet and why?

   My most memorable meet was the 2018 AR/OK Allstar Meet because I was able to finish

3rd and set a new PR, despite having an injury at the beginning of the season that was

supposed to prevent me from running at all. It was so amazing to end my senior year of

cross country on such a good note. It definitely helped me regain my confidence in myself

and my abilities again.

Where did you face your biggest competition?

    I faced my biggest competition at the state meet this year. I knew that a strong group of

girls were going to set a controlled pace and the race would come down to who could take

the most pain.


Out of all of your high school accomplishments which stands out the most and why?

   I am most proud of holding my schools 3200m record and for finishing 8th at the state

meet this year. I know that even when I graduate that my record will still stand for many

years to come and that I have left my mark on our school.


If you could do it all over again what would you change about your running career in

high school?

   I would definitely listen to my body more and go easier at times. I battled a lot of injuries

because I didn't listen to my body and back off when it was necessary. I thought if I could

take the pain then I could keep running.


What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?

   The two injuries that were the most devastating to me was my stress fracture in my

femur my Sophomore year that prevented me from running that season, and the injury at

the beginning of my senior year. My doctor told me it was unlikely that I would be

competitive my senior year, but I still persevered and had a very successful season.


What will you miss the most?

   I will definitely miss my coaches the most. They have supported me through all the highs

and lows of my running career. Through my injuries they have always reminded me to trust

God's timing for my life and not my own. They are my "track dads" and I will miss getting

teased everyday by them.


Do you have any advice for younger athletes?

   Dedication is the most important aspect of our sport. Anyone can be a runner, but it is

the athletes that are willing to give it their all everyday that become amazing runners.


What are your post-high school or college plans?

   I have been very blessed with many amazing offers to continue my running career in

college. I haven't made a decision yet, but I am very excited for what the future holds!

 UPDATE: Julia has choosen to continue her running career at the University of Central Arkansas

Who would you like to say thank you to?

    I would like to thank my parents most of all. They have never missed a race and have always believed in me and my abilities. None of this could have been possible without your love and support. I would like to thank my coaches as well for always believing in me and supporting me. I will miss you all greatly next year.