Female Athlete of the Month: Emily Monroe

By Mary Racette

Honors student Emily Monroe has been a valuable member of the varsity cross country and track teams since her freshman year.  As a senior captain and a competitive racer, Monroe is going into her final high school cross country season as a “force to be reckoned with”, according to her coach Steven Porter.
Monroe’s journey as a distance runner began when she joined the cross country team in sixth grade.  She also joined the track team in middle school. Throughout her running career, Monroe has developed into a leader on her team as well as a leading runner in the Huron League. She earned the title of Huron League Champion as a Sophomore in 2016 and she has qualified for states every year.  As a year round distance runner, Monroe has demonstrated an exceptional amount of dedication which has played into her inner and outer strength. She says a major test of strength which the team is faced with every year at summer cross country camp is “a nine mile run in ninety degrees weather on a road with no shade”. She adds, “It takes a lot of strength to push mental and physical barriers.”
Monroe is a high point scorer on the varsity track team, often placing in her distance events, the 800 meter run, one mile, two mile and 3200 meter relay.  This year the 3200 meter relay team placed fourth at regionals, running a state qualifying time. The relay team also won the Meet of Champions.
While running is the main focus of cross country and track, she shares that her favorite part of each season is the team dynamic.  She says, “the team just makes each practice, meet and long bus ride more fun.”
Monroe has been involved with the Milan High School Code Red Robotics team since her Freshman year.  She is a member of the build and drive team within Code Red Robotics. This year the team set a World Record and made it to Worlds.
With a plan to pursue a career in Bio medical laboratory science, Monroe currently hopes to further her education and passion for science and math in college after high school.  While she is still on the college search, Monroe plans to continue her running career.

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