Each week the Athletic Department selects two Spartan Athletes for Spotlight of the Week. The recipients for the week of October 12 are senior girls cross country runner Sadie Hartmann and senior boys cross country runner Gavin Hampton.
As a senior co-captain of the girls cross country team, Hartmann fills a role much larger than just running quickly, she leads the team with a positive influence on the rest of the team and pushes them to reach their potential.
But that does not mean she isn’t pushing herself to bigger and better accomplishments along the way. In fact, last week, Hartmann set a new personal best time of 21:03 for the three-mile course against Lemont, and at Reavis she took first-place overall in the meet.
“Sadie has been a strong leader for our cross country team, who leads by example and encourages the other girls to work hard and be their best,” said girls cross country head coach Sue Szala. “What I love most about Sadie is that she is always there cheering on every runner on the team. Sadie has been a valuable asset to our team.”
On the boys side of cross country, Hampton has shown a great deal of determination and perseverance. After trying to break 18:00 in the three-mile event for two years, he finally did it last week against Lemont by posting a time of 17:40. It was more than a 20-second improvement from his previous all-time best finish.
“Gavin, a four-year cross country runner, has been the Spartans number 4 runner all season,” said boys head coach Salvador Montes. “The Spartans head into the South Suburban Conference Championship this weekend, and Gavin will play an important role in the Spartans’ effort to win conference.”