When some people strive to get their steps in during a day, Genevieve Nashold is focused on the amount of miles she puts into a single day, and her race results have been proof of that.
“The furthest I’ve ran is 14 miles,” said Nashold.
The Madison West sophomore cross country runner is the WIAA Division 1 defending state champion. Last season was her first go at running cross country as a freshman. This year she opened her sophomore season with a record setting first place run at the 43rd annual Verona Invitational last weekend.
“When it’s your athlete and you see them everyday, you know how hard she worked all summer,” said Cory Hayden, the Regents head coach. “It’s validation for all of her work.”
Nashold’s win in Verona on Saturday was 30 seconds better than her state title run last season, and 44 seconds faster than the girls course record held by University of Wisconsin standout Amy Davis set back in 2014.
“I was super excited with my results. I was pretty nervous before, but when I started racing the nerves kind of just went away,” said Nashold.
The Regents have over 100 girls out for cross country this season. Their varsity team was a team title in Verona last weekend, and could be favorites to win a team title at the state meet on November 2 at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.