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Leah Taylor runs her way into the history books

Published: Sep. 30, 2020 at 8:32 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -

Blink and you might miss her. Geneva senior Leah Taylor is one of the fastest runners in the state and with college just around the corner, the panther has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.

Leah Taylor is the definition of a freak athlete. Passionate and driven about a sport that is usually others punishment.

“I really want to play sports in college and be around athletes and I was like well I don’t think I’m going to make it in basketball for this or softball. I was like I’m going to pick track, I’m going to stick with it and I’m going to be the best I can and I’m going to run in college," Leah Taylor said.

After talking with college coaches, Taylor decided to add cross country to her resume and start the first ever cross country program at Geneva High School.

“I remember thinking while I was running the race like gosh this is a long ways to go fast and so I just tried to block out the pain and push through and I ended up running a 20:16," Taylor said.

Recently running a PR in the 5k of 19:13 and for those who don’t know how fast that is, it’s about a 6 minute and 11 second mile pace. Taylor decided to stick out the sport that gives her the ultimate prize.

“I like competing, I like the competition and I like the feeling of winning it just makes me feel good. Just running, being able to do something for yourself it just makes me feel good," Taylor said.

But training alone is not an easy task, why her number one fans travel to support her.

“It just felt really good to have Geneva, people from Geneva with me. Usually it’s just me and my stepdad or me and my mom so it felt really good to just have a little family together at the meet," Taylor said.

Taylor has won 4 out of the last 5 races she has competed in but it’s not all about the gold.

“I really just want to bring it back here and get people excited about running because really running is a big part in sports especially in the Olympics, there’s running in the Olympics. When you bring running back to Geneva it’s going to make people more excited and well have more success definitely if more people start to do it," Taylor said.

Leah Taylor hopes to attend her dream school BYU and run cross country and track.

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