Cross country has taken Southern junior many miles

By Christian Hornaday
Times-News correspondent
teens20@thetimesnews.com

Southern Alamance High School junior Collin Loy says cross country has become his passion. / Photo submitted

Looking back, Southern Alamance High School junior Collin Loy can honestly say he never intended to end up where he is now. Having decided to run cross country his freshman year in preparation for the upcoming basketball season, Loy had high hopes of making the team and continuing the basketball career he began on a travel team in middle school.
Loy had no intentions of cross country taking him as far as it has. Now approaching his senior year, Loy has traveled many miles since his first cross country season.
For many people, simply finishing a 5K would be an intimidating goal. Collin Loy has, throughout his three seasons of cross country and track, surpassed this mark by a wide margin. Now running consistent 16-minute 5K’s, Loy has set his eyes for State Champion and is working hard to get there.
Assistant Cross Country Coach and Head Girls Track Coach Rodney Cain speaks highly of Loy, remembering times when his own son trained with Loy prior to graduating, with both of them wanting to be better than the other.
When asked about Loy, Cain proudly drew attention to his dedication and the “high expectations (he has) of himself. He really wants to build the program, to set a standard for future Patriots to strive to beat.”
Working a part-time job as well as playing an active role in his church youth group, it would be easy to wonder why Loy has stuck with such a demanding sport.
“I don’t know,” Loy remarked. “I love the competition. No other sport can get this competitive; you need guts to do this.”
Guts are required for the goals Loy is running toward. With hopes to continue his running career in college, Loy looks back on the basketball career he left behind and admits that he does miss it occasionally, but he is glad he made the decision to stick with running knowing that this is where he was meant to be.
Knowing that he is swiftly approaching his last cross country season as a Southern Alamance Patriot, Loy is prepared to tackle this season with everything he has. This is his last chance to reach state level and he is well aware of the work he is going to need to put in to get where he wants to go.
It is safe to say that friends, family and fellow students will be eagerly watching to see where running takes him.

 Christian Hornaday is a rising senior at Southern Alamance High School
and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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