By Joe Fleming
Freshman runner Hannah Jefferis is expected to make massive contributions this season for the Grand Rapids Community College women’s cross country team.
At her first race of the season, Jefferis finished in the top half of all participants, posting a team best time of 20:42.80 which included a stacked field of runners from four-year universities. But for Jefferis, the race was no sweat.
“(It wasn’t) that intimidating because everyone has been so helpful and kind,” Jefferis said. “I felt very prepared going into it.”
Before joining the Raiders’ cross country team, Jefferis ran for Rockford High School and during her senior year, she was named All-Conference and All-Area. Her hard work helped lead Rockford to a 2017 OK Red Championship as well as many first place finishes.
To prepare for this season and nationals, Jefferis expanded her workouts beyond running.
“I would run every morning and go swimming and biking a lot,” Jefferis said. “I plan to make every practice, and give every race all I got, and eat healthy, keep my grades up, and sleep well.”
Jefferis emphasized that she is excited to see what kind of life-long friendships she will build during the season and says she loves the diversity of the people that she meets, noting that her favorite part of running for GRCC is “the atmosphere, the people you get to know and run with.”
When Jefferis isn’t running, she enjoys wake surfing, biking, boating and being outdoors. She is also a lifeguard and babysits often. After attending GRCC for two years, Jefferis hopes to expand her horizons beyond running and to get certified to do her own home daycare.
“I have no plans on running at a four year university,” Jefferis said. “Just will continue to run to keep myself in shape.”