When most of her friends were still asleep this summer, Sydney Foreman was hard at work.By 7 a.m., the Ardrey Kell senior was awake and training for this cross country season, running about 50 miles in her six days-a-week regimen.“For me it’s a great way to start my day, doing something I love to do,” Foreman said. “Sometimes I’m just out there running with nothing on my mind. But most of the time, I’m thinking how hard I have to work to be one of the top runners in the state. I want to work as hard or harder than anyone else out there.”Foreman, 17, has been one of the top cross country runners in the state for most of her Ardrey Kell career, finishing fifth in the state as a sophomore and eighth at the 4A state meet last year. Foreman was also 4A West Regional runner-up and Southwestern 4A conference champion last year. She also finished second at the Providence Invitational, third at the Seahawk Invitational (UNC Wilmington) and fifth at the prestigious Wendy’s Invitational at McAlpine Park. Foreman also had a 13th-place finish at the Nike Cross Southeast Regional in Cary. Foreman carried that momentum into the 2013 outdoor track season, but suffered a hip injury that forced her to miss four weeks last spring and start her cross country training for this fall a month late.“Like a lot of her girls her age do, I think Sydney just overworked herself a little bit and it happens,” said Ardrey Kell cross country and track coach Brian Zelk. “But you know she’s going to do everything she can to get back in top form, and that is what she did.”Foreman said it wasn’t easy.“Taking all that time off was very frustrating for me, because I wanted to be out running and training with my friends and teammates,” Foreman said. “But it was also a learning experience. I have to be careful about my training. I have to do all the little things right.”Foreman got a lot of her work ethic from her older sister, Shannon Foreman, who was an all-state swimmer at Ardrey Kell and is still competing at Rice University.Sydney often watched her sister wake up at early hours and work after school and on weekends at her craft.Foreman was also influenced early in her Ardrey Kell career by former all-state cross country and track standout Kaitlyn Kramer (N.C. State), who was a great friend and role model.“I was lucky to have a lot of good influences in my career,” said Foreman, who started running cross country and track in the third grade in her native Delaware. “I think that has a big effect on not only how I train, but also what my expectations are.”The 5-foot-10 senior is focused on placing high and breaking her personal record time in the 5,000 meters of 17 minutes, 50 seconds, which she ran her sophomore year when she finished second at the Wendy’s Invitational.Foreman is off to a good start this season, finishing third at the Providence Invitational with a time of 18:19.“I really feel good about where I am right now,” Foreman said. “But I’m never satisfied and I always feel like I can be better. So, I always feel like I have work to do.”For Zelk, who has watched her develop over the last four years, nothing would surprise him.“For most runners, they would set a goal to be top five in the state,” Zelk said. “But Sydney, being the highly competitive person that she is, her goal will be to win it all and nothing less. I think that is why she has been so successful.”Foreman also wants to be a good leader this season for her younger teammates, including her younger sister, Shelby.In the process, Foreman also hopes to earn an opportunity to keep running competitively in college. She said several schools are interested and that she plans on visiting them soon, but she doesn’t want to name them yet.Academics will also factor into her decision. Foreman has a 4.83 grade-point average and hopes to major in either business or engineering. No matter what she is doing, Foreman says she always wants to be better.“I’m never really satisfied with what I’ve done,” Foreman said. “I’m always hungry for more. So, I hope to have the best season I’ve had and go out with a bang.”
Monday, Sep. 09, 2013
Ardrey Kell’s Foreman on course for another big cross country season
Jay Edwards is a freelance writer for South Charlotte News. Have a story idea for Jay? Email him at email@example.com.
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