To run a good mile time in a track and field meet or cut time on a cross-country course, Seymour High School senior McCauley Hattabaugh said it takes good mental preparation.
“I learned just to keep my head up,” she said. “It’s mainly mental, and you’ve got to stay mentally strong throughout the entire thing. Don’t give yourself an excuse to slow down. Stay with it. When your coach yells at you from the sidelines, listen to what he says. If he tells you to lift your knees higher, then pick up your knees and pick up your pace.”
In track, Hattabaugh went from competing in the 800-meter run her junior year to running the mile this spring.
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