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More Than The Score

October 20, 2006

John Smallwood
Jefferson
Cross Country
Senior

How difficult is it for you to balance athletics with your academic requirements?

"It's pretty easy actually. Practice only lasts until 4:30, then I study."

Who has had the biggest influence on your life?

"My parents. They have always given me all the help that I need."

Why do you like the sport you play?

"I find that it's kind of a challenge, also it's very therapeutic."

How much time do you invest in practicing on your own?

"Over the summer I run about 3-5 miles a day, over the course of the whole summer I run anywhere from 200 to 300 miles."

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Where is your favorite place to hang out?

"At the gym, playing basketball."

What is your proudest moment, on or off the field?

"The Oatlands race. There were over 200 runners, I finished in the top 20."

What is your favorite Web site?

"Marylandrunning.com"

Do you have any prerace rituals?

"A day before each race I eat spaghetti, and I try not to eat four hours before the race."

More Than The Score focuses on Tri-State high school athletes every Monday through Friday. If you are a high school varsity athlete in the Tri-State area and would like to be featured in More Than The Score, e-mail us at sports@herald-mail.com.

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