Cross Country phenom Anna Harden continues to leave her mark on Hersey’s cross country program. Despite being a Sophomore, her second year on varsity, she only continues to grow as a runner. 

It wasn’t until 4th grade when she started to have a passion for cross country; her siblings have played a huge role in her love for cross country, “I had seen all of my siblings run cross country and so that got me to start it and I just loved the sport once I tried it.”, Harden said.

Even though she’s only been on the team for a season and a half, she’s had a whole lot of achievements in her short career at Hersey thus far. Harden was All Conference, All Regional, All Sectional, placed 23rd at state and broke the school record for the 3 mile, all during her Freshman year. Regardless of her achievements, her hard work and dedication is what makes her improve every season, “On Sundays, we don’t practice but I run to get some more miles. I’ll go to a forest preserve with my parent’s and run there.” 

 Although she’s an underclassman, she carries on her positive mindset to her teammates, “I like to encourage people. If they have a bad race I’ll tell them to keep their heads up, but if they have a great race I’ll also encourage them and tell them they did amazing.” 

With COVID-19 pushing multiple sports to a later season, Harden is grateful that she was able to continue her passion, “It’s a little sad that we can’t run in the bigger invites, but we’re still positive because we have a season and that’s really the most important thing.”