Nichole Gould, a senior at Ardmore High School, competes on the cross country team. Gould first began competing in cross country back in 2017. While Gould enjoys the competitive aspect of running, her initial interest was sparked by playing games during recess.
“I grew up playing tag as my favorite game,” Gould said. “It helped me decide that I wanted to compete in running long distances.”
From running around the playground to running on trails, Gould quickly discovered that she had found her calling and enjoyed competing. Over the years Gould has learned what it takes to be successful and the qualities that are required achieve them. Cross country is a mental sport as much as anything and is often mind over matter.
“If you want to do cross country, you need to be good at focusing on running,” Gould said. “You cannot focus on the pain because it will slow you down.”
As her senior season continues Gould has made many wonderful memories and hopes to create more before her high school career comes to a close.
“This year is going by quickly,” Gould said. “I will miss participating in the Madill Fun Runs – those were the best.”
As for her goals this season, Gould said that she wants to beat her 5K personal record.
“The only way I can hope to accomplish this is by running more than I have before,” Gould said.
When it comes to inspirational figures Gould is thankful for one of her teachers from junior high who helped her find the motivation and drive to follow her goals in cross country.
“The person who inspired me to run cross country was my sixth grade English teacher, Coach Wright,” Gould said. “He always spoke so positively about the sport and it encouraged me to try it.”
Outside of cross country and academics, Gould is passionate about art. She is an avid painter and enjoys creating scenic paintings.