Wichita North High School cross country runner Nayelly Rosales is currently a junior and is working hard to help her team make it to the state meet this season while setting personal best in the process.
“I hope that this season my team and I qualify to run state. My personal goal for my 5k is to break 20 minutes,” said Rosales.
Running has been in Rosales’ life for as long as she can remember, developing a passion for the sport and always working hard to get better.
Last season, Rosales was close to making it to the state meet. This year, it’s a big goal for Rosales and the team.
“Since I can remember running has been my passion. I’ve been involved in cross country for five years now. When I was younger, I also participated in Girls on the Run,” said Rosales.
“I love how cross country builds discipline and pushes you to improve.”
Being part of the North family means supporting your teammates and your peers in school. Rosales said she loves how this team made her feel when she started competing with them.
“I love how supportive and inclusive my team is, they make everyone feel welcomed,” said Rosales. Returning to school is something Rosales is hopeful will happen soon.
“I was not so excited that school would be remote, but I am thankful for the privilege of still getting a good education. I hope that we can return to school in person soon. I am excited for having a season to complete in this fall,” said Rosales.
Although Rosales is only a junior, planning for her future is still something she is focused on. Once she has graduated from high school, Rosales said she would like to continue her education and work in the medical industry. “After graduating I plan on pursuing a career in the medical field.
I aim to attend a BS/MD program,” said Rosales. Head coach Traci Nigg said of Rosales, “She has missed state by a couple of people during regionals. Really excited about this season. She is going to be a strong leader for us.”
That leadership and effort will go a long ways in helping this program compete at higher levels as they push for their place in the state meet.