Quinn Hurshman Runs to Victory

Senior Quinn Hurshman enjoys a game of frisbee post workout.
Senior Quinn Hurshman enjoys a game of frisbee post workout.

After Spring Break, many high school seniors begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. For West senior Quinn Hurshman, one last track season stands in the way of his freedom.

Hurshman has been running since fifth grade, and has run on the track and cross country team at West since his freshman year. He is also involved in orchestra, Student Senate, and NHS.

“He’s one of the few that really goes out there and tries his hardest every time,” said boys’ track and cross country coach, Michael Shortino.

Hurshman runs the 1600 m and the 3200 m.

“My favorite thing about track is competing and trying to get a better time,” said Hurshman.

Track and field at West goes on for about three months. Students can choose to run long, middle or short distance, jump or throw.

“He’s a really good runner,” said teammate Andrew Pierson. “He really encourages me when I’m running, and I think he encourages all of us on the team.”

After he graduates, Hurshman doesn’t plan on continuing his running career. The senior wants to study physics in college.

Hurshman tells new runners, “Don’t be afraid to do events that you don’t think you’ll be good at.”

The boys’ next meet is on Monday, March 25 at Lee’s Summit North. The first event begins at 3:30 pm.

Story by Lexie Salamone