Game Changer: Zach Boone, Mitchell Cross Country
Updated: Thursday, November 7 2013, 11:46 AM EST
Zach Boone from Mitchell High School is one of the most talented and dedicated runners in North Carolina. His journey to the top has been anything but easy. Luke Notestine gives us a behind the scenes look at this remarkable student athlete in this week's edition of Game Changer.
Zach Boone has a great support team helping him achieve his goals.
His coach, Dennis Gilfillan, says, "There was a great catharsis for everyone when he crossed that finish line."
Zach, a junior at Mitchell High School won the State Championship in Cross Country over the weekend. Last year, he won the State Titles in the one-mile and the two-mile.
Zach says, "I desperately wanted to win a State Championship in Cross Country. Even if I won or lost, it felt great because I won Cross Country."
Zach nearly won the Cross Country title last year even though he suffered second degree burns on his legs from a cooking accident just two days before the big race.
Zach says, "I got second degree burns. I still ran at State even against the doctors telling me not to. That taught me that going out there to have fun was the most important thing."
Dennis Gilfillan says, "I had a feeling that he would win State last year. So it's been 365 days of working toward this moment."
Luke Notestine says, "Zach is so dedicated, he sometimes runs the six miles from his house to school. He will even do match equations in his head to keep himself motivated."
Dennis says, "He'll confuse me sometimes in Physics class. I teach him in Physics and he will confuse me from time to time."
Zach's long term goal is to earn a scholarship to a college where he can study Engineering and continue his running career.
Zach says, "I want to go to a good Cross Country college that is good in Engineering. I want to keep running the rest of my life."
Good luck trying to slow down Zach Boone.