For The Record: Riley Stewart Has Tunnel Vision For Last Lap

On the latest For the Record interview, Olivia sat with Riley Stewart who defended her 5A Colorado State Cross Country Championship title and led Cherry Creek (CO) to the team victory. Later that season, she finished third at the AAU National Cross Country Championship.

During the outdoor season, she won individual state titles in the 800m and 1600m. She capped off her junior year by finishing second in the NSAF USA Meet of Champions in the 2-mile and had top finishes at the Brooks PR Invitational and adidas Boost Boston Games.

Stewart shared what she's looking forward to in her last season and how Cherry Creek has the momentum to have another breakout season. 

Interview Segments:

  • How Riley evolved as an athlete (0:40)
  • How she balanced competing in different sports (1:40)
  • Her decision behind focusing on track and cross country (2:51)
  • What was her favorite year for cross country and track (3:40)
  • Thoughts on Cherry Creek's cross country team this year (4:42)
  • Being a leader (5:50)
  • Thoughts on the state of Colorado in cross country and track (6:43)
  • Relationship with Bethany Michalak (8:14)
  • Goals for the senior season (9:05)
  • Things Riley did over the summer to prepare for cross country (10:36)
  • Recruiting experience (12:00)
  • Tips for athletes going through the recruiting process during this time (12:45)
  • Who inspires her (13:40)
  • Where she sees herself in the next 5-10 years (14:50)