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Getting to know ... Jackie Mansoor

By: Staff Report
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Oak Ridge junior Jackie Mansoor, 16, is a member of Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls’ cross country team. The girls are one of the top teams in the area and hope to qualify and place at the state meet later this month. Here are some more facts about her. What was your offseason training regiment? I averaged 50 miles of running and four miles of swimming per week, trying to build up my endurance for the upcoming cross country season. It’s Saturday night. What are you doing? Either at a race or the movies. Town Center- whatever is playing I'll see it. What is your best 5-kilometer time this season? What was your best time last year? My best time this year is 18 minutes, 49 seconds. Last year at the State meet I ran 19:33. What do you like about running? Running is an amazing stress reliever because there is no thinking involved. You just have to lace up your shoes and head out the door. Having friends and teammates there makes the running experience all the more better too. What is your favorite part of the day and why? My favorite part of the day is definitely practice, 3:15 at the track. It's where I catch up with all my teammates and do what I like to do. What hobbies do you have outside of running? I love shopping and hanging with my buds. What is/are your favorite movie(s)? Princess Diaries all the way. I can never watch it enough. What is your Favorite class in school and why? History. I like the easy-goingness of my teacher and the subject. I think its interesting to know where we all came from and how we all came to be. What is on your ipod? Mostly pop and country. From Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift to J.T. and Brittney, all the way to Adam Lambert. What is your most memorable moment with Oak Ridge cross country or track? Last year when we made it to the state meet. In that race I remember thinking how tired I was with a quarter mile to go but all the sudden I switched gears and actually had a good kick when I normally don't. I remember passing both of my coaches cheering me on and passing the finish clock with a thirty second pr. Our team ended up getting seventh in the state and I felt great that I had contributed to our placement. From that moment really, I realized that the more work I do the bigger success I'll have.