April 12, 2012
Monticello senior Madeline Hermsmeier opened the fall cross country season with a record-breaking performance at the Ragged Mountain Cup, finishing her two mile stretch in 12:37.58. Now, in her final track season, the senior has similar goals to make more Mustang history.
"In indoor, I ran 11:31 which was a huge PR (personal record) for me," Madeline said. "And so my goal for outdoor is to get it down under that and hopefully get the school record."
"To PR by 15 seconds is significant," said head Monticello cross country coach Doug Bloor, who also coaches distance runners for track. "So I'm very much looking forward to seeing how she's going to do as the big invitationals come up this month."
In the fall, Madeline advanced to her second straight VHSL state cross country meet after taking third at districts and 14th at regionals. This spring she'll aim to defend her Jefferson District crown in the 3200, but above all else her goal is help the team.
"For me, it's all about my team," said the senior captain. "We're all really close and we all just like to support each other and with workouts it's really helpful to have other people pushing you and being there."
"She puts forth 110% every practice and every hard workout that we do," added Bloor. "But she also takes time to make sure that she and the other athletes on the team have fun, develop a sense of camaraderie with each other."
Training now with her ninth-grade sister at Monticello, she hopes to continue the family running tradition next year at the University of Virginia. Madeline will try out for both the track and cross country teams where her brother Nathaniel is already a member of both squads.
"It's kind of fun when we all go on runs together," she said, calling the Hermsmeiers a running family. "It's just a lot of fun so I think it'd be great to get to run with him again. I don't know how much the girls and guys teams have in contact with each other but it'd just be cool to be a on team with him again."