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Cross Country

High School Extra: Meet Rock Falls' Makaley Velazquez

Rock Falls' Makaley Velazquez runs towards the finish at the Rocket Run cross country meet Tuesday at Centennial Park in Rock Falls. Velazquez placed fourth.
Rock Falls' Makaley Velazquez runs towards the finish at the Rocket Run cross country meet Tuesday at Centennial Park in Rock Falls. Velazquez placed fourth.

How excited are you for this
coming season?

I’m really excited. We don’t really have our top seven, we only have five people running right now, but I feel like when we get in shape, we will do better then. I’ve been having medical issues, but I’m proud of how I did to start the season.

What’s wrong?

I have low magnesium, and I get really dizzy in the heat.

Still, would you prefer running in the 90-degree hot to start the season, or the 40-degree cold at state?

I like the cold. I like running in the rain. 

The rain?

It cools you off, and it makes me run better.

What do you like and enjoy about cross country?

It’s what I’m good at. I’m not really good at anything else, except running.

What got you started in it?

“T,” my coach [Mark Truesdell], pretty much made me go out for it, to try it. I do good at it.

Made you?

In my eighth-grade year, he made me run against a senior boy in the 800, and I beat him. I was surprised. He told me I’m coming out for cross country, so I did.

Do you have any goals for the season?

I just want to get better and get more in shape, because I wasn’t able to run much of the summer. I want to make it to state this year.

What’s one rule in cross country that you would like to see change?

They changed the rule about wearing watches and earrings this year, so I’m excited about that.

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