Runner from Syria reaches varsity Cross Country team

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Runner from Syria reaches varsity Cross Country team

Nader Alshikh and his family moved from Syria almost two years ago. He moved to America to learn more English and start a new adventure. Alshikh is attending his sophomore year here at Sanderson High school.

In his freshman year, Alshikh joined the school track team. After the track season, he started training for the 2018 cross country season in the summer. Alshikh trained hard and started running with top runners on the team. His favorite event is the 5K and hopes to reach a personal record of 16:50 in the future. “Cross country has allowed me to make more friends and have more energy,” stated Alshikh.

Alshikh always strives to be better and improve on his next run. One thing that Alshikh finds difficult about running is having to run in the sun. A running rookie, Alshikh has become a high-level runner through races against schools across the country, and sometimes even the state or nation.

Alshikh has recently travelled to McAlpine Greenway Park in Charlotte, North Carolina to compete in the Providence Invitational cross country meet. Nader ran the 5K and finished with a personal record of 17:31.

During the summer, Alshikh rode his bike three miles to and from practice each day and also ran a race after he bumped his head, resulting in a headache. Alshikh has dedication to his running and Sanderson hopes to see Alshikh improve and represent the school in future events.