Cross country star wins races by minutes

Abby Botan
Entertainment Columnist

Cross country runner Gabi Kohring, junior, leads the Varsity girls race by a landslide on Sept. 1 at Blackburn Park. Photo by Evelyn Trampe

Cross country runner Gabi Kohring, junior, leads the Varsity girls race by a landslide on Sept. 1 at Blackburn Park. Photo by Evelyn Trampe

Gabriella Kohring, junior, is known for winning races by an entire minute, like when she finished running the women’s 5K run at 19:10.06. The runner up came in at 20:47.71.

Kohring has run on the cross country team for three years. On Aug. 1, women’s cross country officially came into play for the 2016 season.

“I can’t explain why I love (cross country),” Kohring said. “I guess, I like the challenge of it.”

Kohring said she likes how cross country brings the team closer together compared to other sports.

Kohring gives credit to working out everyday. She even has a unique technique where she stands in front of a mirror to practice the movement of her body when running a race.

Emma Harrelson, senior cross country runner, said, “[Kohring] is an amazing runner. She stays motivated, and she’s just amazing all around.”

Kohring was the October Athlete of the Month and was recognized as being a September Athlete of the Week by the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

The Post said, “She took first in the Hazelwood West Invitational with a personal-record time of 18:51 at Koch Park.”
Kim Thomas, assistant cross country coach, described Kohring as a “silent leader.”

“Everyone admires what she does,” Thomas added.

Emily Parker, senior cross country runner, commented on Kohring’s humbleness and said in a way, Kohring “drives the rest of the team.”

“Gabriella has definitely come out of her shell over the years,” Parker said.


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