The Cardinal Mooney sophomore talks her running origins and why she loves learning history.
Hallie Monserez is a sophomore cross country runner at Cardinal Mooney High. She finished second (22:07.99) of 88 runners Sept. 14 at the Palmetto XC Invitational at Palmetto High. She also runs track and field for the Cougars.
When did you start running?
I play soccer, and I started running four years ago to stay in shape for that. It was part of my conditioning. I still play high school soccer, but I actually stopped playing club soccer so I could focus more on running.
What is the appeal to you?
It is more individualized. You work on yourself more while still having a team aspect to it.
Do you prefer cross country or track and field?
Definitely track. I like the shorter distance runs more, and I like the overall variety of events. I like watching the non-running events too, like pole vault.
What is your favorite memory?
Last year's regional cross country meet, when we learned we made it to states as a team. That was really cool, seeing our hard work pay off like that.
What has been your biggest challenge?
Having confidence in my own abilities. I know I put in the work. I just need to let go of the doubt and everything else.
What is your goal for the season?
I want to get under 20:30. I have a big meet this Saturday (the North Port Invitational at North Port High). Hopefully I can get close to that time there.
What is your favorite food?
Mint chocolate chip ice cream.
Which superpower would you pick?
I would want to read people's minds. I shouldn't care what people are thinking, but sometimes it would be nice to know.
What is your dream vacation?
I want to go to Greece. It is so pretty there.
What are your hobbies?
I like to sing and dance. I did them when I was younger and then stopped, but I'm getting back into it. I started taking vocal lessons at the beginning of last school year.
What is your favorite subject?
History. I want to be a lawyer when I'm older and maybe get into politics.
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
Someone somewhere is working harder than you. I sometimes need that motivation. If I want to be the best I have to keep working.
Finish this sentence: "Hallie Monserez is … "
… hard-working and determined.