Cross Country Spotlight: Lawson Douglas


Jackson Mathews

As the 2019 cross country season comes to a close, many athletes look back on their highlights and best moments from this years meets. One of those athletes includes Lawson Douglas, 11. Douglas holds six years of cross country experience, competing in over 20 different meets and the Chili Pepper at the University of Arkansas twice.

Striving to beat the current school record, being held by Isai Corronza from 2011 at 16 minutes and 24 seconds, Douglas’ personal best at the moment being 16 minutes and 35 seconds.

Through his cross country career starting at Oakdale Middle School, Lawson made memorable moments along the way. “There was a meet this year where we (Heritage) went against Bentonville West and I wasn’t expected to place first,” said Douglas.”But I ended up winning in my slot. it meant a lot to me and even parents from Bentonville West were coming over to congratulate me, it was really something else.”

Being a leader on the team, Lawson gained many friendships through cross country, like junior Eko Tool and sophomore Shaddy Gonzales. He also got inspiration along the way, including Coach Brooks Hedstrom. “He’s amazing around his teammates and is always there for them for guidance or just someone to run with,” said Hedstrom. “I’m really proud of the leadership role he has taken and used this year. We all are.”

As time goes on, Lawson continues to get closer and closer to his pr (personal record) and says that he’s “ready to crush” the school record at the State Meet in Hot Springs on November 9th. “The sport is amazing, I started just as a hobby cause I ran a lot,” said Douglas. “But as the season went on, I met friends and made memories that I’ll never forget thanks to cross country and the school community.”