Northeast Tarrant

Carroll runner emphasizes teamwork, unity

Carroll’s Ali White, center, competes in a 2016 cross country meet.
Carroll’s Ali White, center, competes in a 2016 cross country meet. Courtesy Photo

The Carroll girls cross country team has the goal of winning a state championship this season, and senior distance runner Ali White wants to make sure she does her part.

White has been a stalwart on the Lady Dragons team the past few seasons, and coach Justin Leonard said that 2016 has been no different.

“Ali is a great competitor that brings a positive edge to our team,” Leonard said. “Ali is a team player that wants ‘team’ success, and she does a great job holding others accountable.”

White echoed the sentiments of her coach regarding accountability, and said she does so for what she believes is a good and important reason.

“As a senior, I feel the responsibility to lead the underclassmen in a positive direction,” White said. “I try to be very honest but also very encouraging to create those bonds between our team that really allows us to run for each other.”

White helped the Lady Dragons to a meet championship at the Carroll Dragon XC Classic two weeks ago, finishing ninth individually with a time of 18:52.30.

The Carroll senior said she has been pleased with what she has seen from her team to this point, and is optimistic about what they can accomplish.

“Our season is going really well,” White said. “It’s all going by so fast...we’ve all had really strong performances, and I’m really excited for championship season and for the opportunity show off all of the hard work we’ve put in.”

White is a member of Students Standing Strong, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Math Honors Society and is a Mumz4kidz ambassador at Carroll Senior High School.

White said her objective for 2016 is pretty straightforward.

“My goal for this season is to place the lowest I can to help our team win at the state meet,” White said.

In order to accomplish that goal, White said it is going to take good chemistry and teamwork.

“It will take all our whole team running for one another, and wanting to win, not for themselves but for each other,” White said.

Leonard said he has been happy with the presence White has provided on the team over the last few seasons, and said his expectation for her is to continue doing what she already does.

“Our goal for Ali this season is for her to continue leading by example as we head into the championship portion of our season,” Leonard said. “She is a great role model for the younger runners and will continue to do so for the remainder of her high school career.”