Athlete Profile: Lydia Beyer

Shawano runner ready to lead in senior season

The Shawano Community High School cross-country teams have experienced a number of memorable moments over the past couple of years, and Lydia Beyer has been a big part of that success.

Beyer is now competing in her senior season and hoping to not only help her team achieve more good memories, but also be a leader for her teammates.

Beyer opened the season with a fourth-place individual finish at the team’s Bay Conference dual against Menasha on Aug. 27 in Shawano. The Shawano girls team posted a perfect score on the night.

She finished 11th at the 2019 Bay Conference Meet and came in fourth at the 2018 conference meet, when the Shawano girls won their first ever team title in the Bay.

Q: When did your interest in cross-country begin?

A: I first became interested in running in fifth grade when my school had a run club.

Q: What is your favorite part about the cross-country season?

A: My favorite part about the cross-country season is after a meet when everyone is dead tired yet has enough energy to joke around and have fun.

Q: What kind of individual goals have you set for yourself this fall?

A: With it being a weird year and not knowing what is going to happen this season, my goal is to be a great leader for my team and to try to make the best out of the season we have.

Q: As a senior, how will you help serve as a leader for the rest of the team?

A: One reason I love running cross-country so much is because my freshman and sophomore year I had amazing team role models and leaders, and now being in that position I am trying to be the fun, hardworking, and caring leaders that I had leading me.

Q: Talk about your preparation for the cross-country season.

A: With it being a weird year, preparing for the season consisted of more mental preparation than physical. Adjusting to new meet conditions and rules is very challenging when it is not something you are used to.

Q: What’s your favorite memory of competing on the Shawano cross-country team?

A: My favorite memory of competing on the Shawano cross-country team is from sophomore year when the girls team won conference for the first time in school history.

Q: What are you going to miss most about high school cross-country?

A: The one thing I’m going to miss most about high school cross-country is the team. It’s one big group of friends that acts like a family, and that’s hard to find anywhere else.

Q: Favorite TV show, movie and musical artist?

A: TV show — “Friends.” Movie — “The Sandlot.” Musical artist — Rascal Flatts.

Q: Name one thing about yourself that not many people know.

A: One thing many people don’t know about me is that I love to eat mandarin oranges.

Q: What’s the greatest piece of advice you have ever been told?

A: Run like you stole something!

Q: What are some things you hope to accomplish after graduating high school?

A: After high school, I hope to go to college to study physical therapy.

AT A GLANCE

Athlete: Lydia Beyer

Sport: Cross-country

School: Shawano Community High School

Year: Senior