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Going the Distance

October 28, 2013

Miler Emily Frydrych learns how to be a leader in her second sport: cross country

By Tayler Turner ‘14,

For most people, the thought of running three (or more) miles at a 5-6 minutes per mile pace sounds brutally exhausting—but maybe you would be surprised to know a member of the Notre Dame cross country team feels the same way.

“The distance is a little bit longer than I’d like,” confesses Emily Frydrych, a junior cross country runner.

Frydrych, though, has reasons for her lack of excitement about the distance of a cross country race. She was originally a track runner who specialized in the 800 and the Mile. 

“I like track better,” she explains. “I come from more of a middle distance background. I like cross country too; it’s just harder for me.”

Once she enrolled at Notre Dame, however, Frydrych was encouraged to place a more of a focus on cross country. In the span of three short years, she has transitioned from a cross country skeptic to one of the teams top runners.

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