North Harrison senior Ashton Bosler has dominated the girls cross country sectional and regional races at Crawford County during her first three seasons in high school. Now she’s running 60 miles per week while preparing to chase her goal of earning an All-State selection.
After so much success, with three sectional and two regional titles, what motivates you?
This is all the time I have. I have one shot left, and that’s all the motivation I need.
You have been to the state finals all three years in high school. What are your goals for this season?
I would love to make the All-State team, and break 18 minutes (for the 5K course). That’s my goal. I have to keep practicing hard and put in the double days.
What do you love about running?
I love to compete. I just think it’s fun when you’re competing and you challenge your body to its max. Afterward, you feel so accomplished. I love that.
Girls go through many physical changes in high school, and that can slow runners down. How have you handled that?
I struggled with it when my junior year came. I guess a girl’s body naturally gains weight, and that’s why I’m trying to double more often. I’m a lot more conscious of what I eat, I’m more careful than I used to be. It didn’t used to matter much. Now I’m trying to keep my muscles toned.
You’re currently ranked No.1 in your class and busy with several school activities. How do you manage it all?
With my parents, failure was never really an option for me. I wasn’t allowed to fail at school. It was drilled into my head to work hard. Since they did that when I was so young, as I’ve gotten older it’s become a way of life. School comes first, and outside of school I give my all to running.
What pointed you toward majoring in chemistry in college?
I want to go into the medical field and be some sort of a doctor. After talking to different professors at colleges, they said majoring in chemistry would help me when it comes to medical school.
If you are the class valedictorian, what will your graduation speech focus on?
It’s not here yet and I still have to hold on. Maybe I will talk about working hard like we have been trying to be as successful as we can in life. We only get one chance.
As a senior, what is your leadership style?
I just try to lead by example and demonstrate a positive attitude when I’m out there. If they see that, positive attitudes can rub off on each other. I’m more of a leader that way than I am by speech.
ASHTON BOSLER UP CLOSE
• School: North Harrison
• Year: Senior
• Family: parents Mike and Jill Beyerle; brothers Dakota (22) and Aiden (4); sisters Kendall (13) and Addison (10)
• Student/athlete: Ashton is ranked No.1 in her class. She is a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, FCA, Youth Philanthropy Council and Renaissance. Her college choice is undecided but she plans to major in chemistry.
• Coach Jackie Sauerheber: “Ashton is a talented runner with a strong work ethic and determination to succeed. She sets a great example for our team. She always puts forth her best effort and leads by example, encouraging her teammates to do their best.”