Oak Forest girls cross country coach Susan Poncin knows there are some runners she has to push. Not to work out and run hard, but to set higher goals that she knows they are capable of achieving.
Elise Hennessy is one of those girls, a strong runner who maybe doesn’t know exactly how good she can be.
“In her interview, her goal is understated,” Poncin said of Hennessy. “I think her goal is to go low 18s. I think she’s hesitant to throw it out there.”
Hennessy joined Oak Forest’s cross country team as a freshman and was put on the JV team to get some high school experience. But early on, she suffered a stress fracture and missed the majority of the season.
As a sophomore, Hennessy was healthy and evolved into Oak Forest’s No. 3 runner. Now, Poncin expects her to be one of Oak Forest’s top two and thinks she can make a run at some big accolades.
“Her goal is to run in the postseason,” Poncin said. “She’s been running all summer, and it can happen as long as she’s healthy.”