Featured Athlete: Peyton Benson


Courtesy of Peyton Benson

Sophomore Peyton Benson runs in a cross country meet. The next meet will be Sat. the 25th in Round Rock.


Favorite pre-game snack: Granola Bar

Favorite pre-game song: “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” by Usher feat. Pitbull

Athlete you look up to: Emma Coburn

Favorite TV show: Manifest


The Red Ledger: What motivated you to start running cross country?

Peyton Benson: My parents both ran in high school and college, so one year I wanted to try it and I ended up loving it.

TRL: How long have you been running cross country?

PB: I have been doing cross country since the earliest I could, sixth grade, but I have been running since second Grade.

TRL: How does having your mom as a coach impact you?

PB: I feel like I have a little bit of a different relationship with her when she is coaching rather than just being my mom.

TRL: What is your favorite part about being on the cross country team?

PB: I love being a part of a team sport, my favorite thing about being on the cross country team is probably making lifelong friends and the times we hang out outside of practice.

TRL: Do you hope to continue running cross country in college?

PB: Yes, I hope to run cross country in college.

TRL: How has the change of schools affected you?

PB: I feel like it has helped me. Lovejoy has such an amazing community and I have made some amazing friends, and it has a smaller town feel than Frisco.

TRL: Why do you run cross country? 

PB: It is something I really love and enjoy, and it is a sport that you have to have a ton of endurance and strength physically, and you also have to have a great deal of mental strength as well.