Finish line in sight for McDonald

Bret Pallotto
Staff Writer

April 10, 2014

“I still want to have fun and I’m realizing this is the last time that I’m going to be on a team like this. For me right now it’s to have fun, but to definitely push myself, do my best and just have a good time,” said Jessica McDonald. McDonald is a member of both the cross country and track and field team here at Lock Haven and has this thought in her head as she steps to the starting line in the midst of her senior year. As she began to reflect on how she reached this point in her career, she said she was grateful for the inspiration that her sister provided her with at a young age. “My sister was in cross country and track,” McDonald said with a beaming smile on her face. “She’s 10 years older than me so I would go on runs with her when I was little and we did some road races together so she was an influence.” With the help from her sister, McDonald began running competitively in her freshman year at Donegal High School. Throughout her career at Donegal, she amassed numerous awards and honors including being named team captain, cross country first-team all star and two-time state qualifier in cross country. McDonald has enjoyed success at the collegiate level as well with her fifth place finish at the Edinboro Al Hall Freedom Games during the 2012-2013 season. McDonald has experienced a lot during her time her at LHU and feels like she grew as both a person and as an athlete. “The difference from high school to college is the workouts,” McDonald said. “They’re more intense, they’re faster, they’re longer sometimes, but that definitely helps you.” Her passion for track and field along with cross country is evident when she talks about her sport. It was also with that passion and determination that she came to Lock Haven ready to achieve her goals. As her LHU career comes to a close, McDonald will not cease running, but rather continue to run onto a new path in life. “I’m kind of a big believer in, ‘there’s always another wall that needs to be broken’ and I think being here and being in college competing, I’ve been able to get to more walls and to break to new places.”


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