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Student-Athlete of the Week: Joelle McDonald

 
Series: Student-Athlete of the Week | Story 16

November 6, 2019

Jocelyn Rowley

Joelle McDonald helped lead the Cougars to their second straight state cross country title on Oct. 26.

Joelle McDonald wasn't expecting a life-changing experience when she joined the Niwot girls cross country team as a freshman, but after helping the Cougars win their second straight team title at the Class 4A state championships on Oct. 26, the senior paid homage to the transformative power of running.

"It started as 'running is what I do for fun'," she said, recalling her four seasons with the program. "Then it became 'running is what I do,' and now it's 'running is what I am,' because it's just become such a strong part of my identity. I can't really separate myself from running anymore....



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