2020 Maine XC Watchlist: Delaney Hesler, Bonny Eagle HS

Notable Finishes: 1st F/S Race Southern Maine Classic 2019, 4th Class A State Championship 2018, 2019, 5th Southern Maine Class A Regional 2019, 39th New England Championship 2019

Comments: Hesler led the Scots to a repeat team title last fall while finishing fourth in the Class A state championship. Now a junior Hesler is looking to challenge for a top-three finish and another team title. Her fitness is the best it has been, and in the preseason she's recorded some fast time trial efforts that put her way ahead of last fall.

How has COVID-19 affected you?

Covid 19 has affected me by canceling my spring track season and switching my third trimester to online learning. I have been able to keep up with a regular training schedule with some extra strength training and even did some time trials during the spring. I am thankful that I have been able to say relatively healthy during this time and am excited about the next racing opportunity, whenever that may be!

What has your summer training consisted of? How much mileage are you putting in?

My summer training has consisted of adding more mileage than I ever had before alongside my teammates and friends Emmaline Pendleton and Hannah Stevens!

What are your goals for the upcoming season?

My goals for the upcoming season are to help lead my team to another shot at a state title, pr, and improve on my finishes from last year.

What is your favorite workout that makes you feel most prepared for success?

My favorite workout that makes me feel prepared for success is either hills or pacing workouts such as 1k repeats. Those workouts give me confidence that I can run at my goal pace.

What did you learn from the last xc season that will help you improve in 2020?

A lesson I learned last xc season was that bad races don't define me as a runner as I learned how to bounce back from them.

How is your team looking for the fall?

My team has been looking very strong this year, we have been having zoom practices with many of us in attendance. We hope to be even better than we have in the past but we know there are a lot of great teams out there as well.

How do you stay motivated when you don't want to run?

I don't usually have many days where I don't want to run, but if I do feel unmotivated I think of my team and what we want to accomplish in the future!

What is the greatest piece of advice you've ever received in the sport?

"It's a beautiful day to run"

What are the top three "little things" that you do to prevent injury?

To prevent injury, I roll before and after my runs, warm-up before each run, and stretch really well after.

What is the one thing you have done during COVID-19 that you have never had time for in the past?

Because of the extra time during Covid-19, my family and I were able to hike Mt. Katahdin, which is something we have always wanted to do but had never had the time.

What's the farthest you've ever run at one time?

The furthest I've ever run is 13.1 miles, which I did this summer.

If every day were a holiday, what would yours be?

It would probably be Christmas because it is my favorite holiday.

Favorite subject in school?

My favorite subject in school is math

If you could go on a run with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Why?

If I could run with anyone in the world it would probably be Shalane Flanagan.

If your teammates gave you a superlative, what would it be?

If my teammates were to give me a superlative, it would be most likely to always have tums on hand!