She began running as a first grader, and if you ask Orange Lutheran senior Lolo Landrith what she loves about cross country, she will tell you she loves absolutely everything about it.
“I love the feeling you get when you start a race and being able to prepare for that race and do everything you can in training to push the people on your team, and yourself, to hit your max,” says Landrith. “I really love seeing that pay off in races and seeing that pay off for the team.”
Landrith was a member of OLu’s 2019 CIF-SS Division 4 championship team, an experience that remains one of her favorite moments as a runner. After a Covid-delayed season last spring, her goal this year is to help the Lancers get back to CIF Finals and qualify for the CIF State Meet in November at Woodward Park in Fresno, the site of her favorite course.
A two-time team captain, Landrith leads by example and encouragement and is one of the first to be there to support her teammates when they are struggling.
“Lolo is one of the greatest human beings I’ve ever met,” says OLu cross country head coach, Kristen Goossens. “She is an optimist, a fierce competitor, a diligent worker, a talented athlete and a kind person. She is an athlete you can spend your entire coaching career hoping to work with. Our program and athletes are better because of Lolo.”
Landrith has a similar respect for Goossens, and she credits the coach with bringing the best out of each of the Lancer runners.
“She has brought so much to the team, and she as a coach works incredibly hard just to make sure each and every one of us feels valued and knows we can do what we want to do,” says Landrith. “She’s incredible at her job.”
The 17-year old also serves the OLu campus as an Ignite Mentor and a Missions program leader, and when she isn’t running, she enjoys spending time outdoors surfing and hiking. She would like to continue running in college and is looking to study special education and psychology.
Landrith draws much of her motivation from her late mother, who was also a runner, and whose words of encouragement continue to inspire her as she trains. She believes strongly in the power of prayer and the strength it can provide, and it is those pre-race moments with her team that she holds close to her heart.
“The way it works for me is just knowing I’m not running for me, I’m running to glorify him,” says Landrith. “I think I love most being able to pray with the team before each race, be able to stride out, and just be in complete quiet and silence right before we start our race. We put all our faith in God before we start and see what we can do as a team. It’s such a great aspect of this school and this team. I think I’m going to miss that the most.”
Learn more about Lolo by watching her in "The Walk".