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On the run with . . .
Decatur's Sally Adams

After winning the Class 5A, Section 4 cross country meet last week, Decatur High sophomore Sally Adams is preparing to run her favorite course Saturday at the state meet in Oakville. Before a recent afternoon training run, she took time for 10 questions from Daily Sports Writer Brooke Milam:

Question: What is the best meet you have ever had?

Answer: Probably the Cold Spring meet last year. I saw this girl in front of me that I'd been trying to beat all year (Scottsboro's Lacey Wright), and I focused in on her. When I came across the finish line, I saw the time and I had beaten my personal best by, like, 30 seconds and I didn't even feel bad. I think I finished in 18:54.00.

Q: Who influenced you to start running?

A: Really, my sister (senior cross country runner/soccer player Meg Adams). She made a deal with my dad one year that if she didn't do volleyball, we'd be running. So I just followed behind her.

Q: Have you recruited any of your friends to the cross country team or at least to try distance running?

A: I've talked to some of them, but they kind of say, "No way."

Q: Who is your favorite person to run with?

A: It would be my sister. We pace each other and push each other to get better.

Q: What is your favorite course?

A: Jesse Owens (site of the state cross country meet) is my favorite course to run on, by far. It's very diverse with hills, flat, soft parts and hard parts. It gives you an overall good cross country race. I feel pretty good going into this weekend. In a lot of meets this year, I've been running with (Lawrence County sophomore) Ari Stephenson and I've been trying to catch the Scottsboro girls, but there's been a few of them I haven't been able to beat.

Q: Who pushes you the most to improve?

A: Coach (Rick) Doke has definitely always encouraged me to do more than I think I can. Sometimes I try to settle, and he always makes me go for that better time. My parents (John and Beth Adams) always encourage me, too. They always push me to beat my personal best and run the best I can.

Q: You are the youngest of four children. Your sister Meg and brothers Jack and Ben were all athletes for Decatur High before you. Is being the youngest a good or a bad thing?

A: I like it because it allows me to learn from them and be like them. It's always made me tough, too — being the youngest.

Q: Other than a runner, what is one way people who know you best might describe you?

A: I'm actually really clumsy. My sister says I'm the most uncoordinated coordinated person she's ever seen.

Q: You have run in some extreme temperatures this cross country season, from hot weather and to colder like it is now. Would you rather run in hot or cold weather?

A: I prefer cold weather as long as the wind isn't blowing really hard. The heat sucks all the energy out of you.

Q: Cross country runners thrive on personal drive and challenges. What is one challenge in front of you right now?

A: I started out the season with cramps, and my times weren't as good. My parents thought it might be because I wasn't training hard enough. So I've really been pushing myself these past few weeks to improve my times.

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