Avid runner and fierce competitor Allura Markow has started her high school career on an outstanding note. Recently competing and representing Dana Hills at the California CIF State Cross Country Championships, Markow finished eighth, working her way up from “around 40th place” to an uber-impressive top-ten individual finish.
For Markow, her success at the state meet was a surprise, as she was “going for top 20 at the meet because [she] knew [she] was racing with the best of the best.” With the help of her coaches, Coach Smith, Coach Copp and Coach Crane, who Markow “owe[s] a lot of [her] achievements,” she was able to finish off an incredible season in the most rewarding way possible.
Having fallen in love with running after being exposed to the sport at an early age, Markow, who has recently turned 14, has “been running [for] more than half of [her] life.”
Accompanying her brother to his running practices as a young child, Markow reveals that he “is one of the biggest reasons [she’s] running.” If not for him, “[she] definitely wouldn’t have started running.”
For Markow, running is more than just a sport; she “love[s] running because of the family and friends [made] on the journey” and because she “learn[s] many things” as she progresses. While training is never easy, Markow stays motivated by “wanting to always get better and faster” and by “always loving the sport because once [she doesn’t] like it, [she] won’t succeed.” With a positive attitude like this, it seems like the sky is the limit for Markow.
Setting numerous goals for the upcoming 2020 track and field season, Markow aims to “break 5 minutes in the mile and get some new personal records.”
Looking ahead to her next three years at Dana Hills, she hopes “to get all the course records for Dana girls, to become the fastest girl at Dana and “to get top 3 at the state meet,” qualifying for Nike Cross Country Nationals (NXN).
Based on her most recent execution of the 2019 cross country season, it is safe to say that we can expect to see equally ambitious and skillful performances from Markow during her upcoming years at Dana, both on the track and off.
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