WDEL Athlete of the Week

Tatnall's Garrett - WDEL HS Athlete of the Week

By Sean Greene Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:17am
VIDEO: Interview with Stephen Garrett
Tatnall cross country runner Stephen Garrett is this week's WDEL High School Athlete of the Week.

Garrett won the DISC Cross Country Championship at Bellevue State Park in 15:21, just two seconds off the course record.

The senior says the time was the byproduct of a very strong pace that was under 5:00/mi.

"Going through the mile, honestly I didn't think I would be going through that fast. It was very smooth, and from there it was trying to keep it at that pace. From there I slowed down a little bit, but others did as well. I guess I held it a little better."

Stephen says the effort should pay off with the major county and state meets still to come.

"Getting a fast time in is very motivating, and definitely keeps high spirits up going into later in the season."

While Stephen Garrett was winning the race, his teammates swept the top three spots and took 5 of the top 7 spots. He says they make him a better runner.

"Having great teammates out there who are fast. They train with you, they motivate you, they support you, and I couldn't ask for better teammates."

Stephen says he started running in 4th or 5th grade thanks to his dad who ran in high school. He says the first race he ever ran, he started to run with his father.

"My dad was in the race with me, and I looked back at him in the race and he waved me on 'go ahead, go ahead', and I loved it ever since."

Garrett and the Hornets will continue to build for next Friday's County Championships at Winterthur, with the DIAA State Meet set for White Clay Creek on November 8.

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