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9 Q’s with Idabel Cross-Country Athlete Kyson Jefferson – Presented by Idabel Express Pharmacy

By Payton Moody 

VYPE: Who has been your favorite coach throughout your career and how did they impact you as a player?  Kyson Jefferson: Both of my coaches have impacted me by telling me “never give up” and “give it everything you got.” But I would have to say my middle school teacher from Denison, Mrs B. She introduced me to the sport and even when I wanted to quit, she kept motivating me to never give up. She then put me into the hands of Coach Harjo and that’s how I became good at the sport.

VYPE: Did you have any teammates that you admire or that supported you? 

KJ: Yes, Baker Hoskins and Christian Coffman. We all cheered each other on, always gave each other advice and always helped each other. I really enjoy having them as teammates.

VYPE: Who was your favorite teacher and how were they influential in your life? 

KJ: My middle school teacher, Mr. Blackard. He’s an all-time favorite teacher of mine and is always giving you life lessons. He taught me how the real world works.

VYPE: What preparation have you taken this off-season to better equip yourself for the upcoming season? 

KJ: The preparation I took was getting into this program called PACE. It’s where you run 5k’s every Saturday during the summer or whenever they have 5k’s. I ran at those and I used it like a Pre Season cross country meet,  getting me ready for the season. There was also some very tough competition there.

VYPE: What has your sport taught you that you use in your daily life?

KJ: Cross country has taught me no matter how hard it gets to never give up and to keep pushing ‘til the end.

VYPE: What has been your favorite memory in your sport?

KJ: When we went to the State XC Meet, it was very fun. The bus ride, we stayed in the hotels, chilled and had fun.

VYPE: What do you hope to accomplish this season (individual or team goals)?

KJ: This year, I wanna see us in the Top 10 at state. I know that’s a lot to ask for, but I see that this team is very skilled and in very good shape right now. As the season progresses, we will get even better.

VYPE: What matchup are you most looking forward to this season?

KJ: Our home Idabel meet, I’m ready to get out and show out in front of our home fans.

VYPE: What are your plans after high school?                            

KJ: Haven’t decided yet, but I will soon.

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