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Sarasota Athlete of the Week: Hallie Monserez

The Cardinal Mooney sophomore talks her running origins and why she loves learning history.

Hallie Monserez.
Hallie Monserez.
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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. 



Ryan Kohn

Ryan Kohn is the sports editor for Sarasota and East County and a Missouri School of Journalism graduate. He was born and raised in Olney, Maryland. His biggest inspirations are Wright Thompson and Alex Ovechkin. His strongest belief is that mint chip ice cream is unbeatable.

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