Jaylee Amy takes pride in pushing herself to help Rosewood’s cross country team thrive.
The blend of grinding both individually and as a team makes the journey worthwhile for the junior, and she appreciates getting to do the sport she loves with people she loves.
For her hard work and dedication, she is this week’s Goldsboro Daily News Female Athlete of the Week.
“My teammates are some of my best friends,” Amy said. “We are super close, and we all really click together, and we’re all working toward that one goal of trying to do the best that we can.”
Amy, who also plays soccer and swims, has been a steady contributor ever since her freshman year. She has qualified for a state championship while garnering more personal accolades along the way.
She is someone who inspires those around her through the relentlessness with which she trains and competes.
“My main sport probably has to be cross country,” Amy said. “Soccer and swimming have definitely helped me with cross country, especially soccer, with all of the running.
“Swimming has also helped me stay in shape.”
Back when she first started running, Amy had no idea how much she would fall in love with the sport.
Amy learned how to run from her mother and coach, Jami Amy, and as Jaylee Amy sharpened her craft, she felt prepared when she got to high school.
Learning from her mother and her sister helped Amy realize she wanted to reach great heights herself with the Eagles.
“I grew watching my sister and running with my sister, so I always enjoyed running because I grew up around it. So, when I got to high school, I really wanted to run,” Amy said. “It’s fun having my mom as the coach because it makes the team feel more like a family.”
She invested a lot of time into running, and she helped the Eagles win several cross country meets. Amy, who also runs track in the spring, said becoming an upperclassman has made her transition into more of a leadership role this season.
Amy has helped the Eagles navigate a difficult season because of the COIVD-19 pandemic while making sure the Eagles are in the running for a state championship.
Back in March and April, when most things were shut down, Amy realized how much she missed running and how important it truly was to her.
“This is season is definitely different, and we’ve had to work around a lot of stuff,” Amy said. “It’s still fun even though we have to take all the precautions because of COVID.”
Amy plans on attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she wants to major in broadcast journalism.
But first, Amy has one final season with the Eagles. Next year’s team is capable of greatness once again, and she will be one of the main catalysts for the Eagles.