Salute to Seniors: Chris Mooneyhan

What was your most memoriable race?

My most memoriable race was this years state track meet.  It has been my goal to get a state championship since I started running and since I was so close in cross country, I knew I could get it in track and it happened!


If you could do it all over again is there anything you would change?

If I could do it all over agian, I would have run cross country as a freshman. Even though I loved playing football and basketball, I think I would be a step ahead in running and not getting hurt in track my freshman year due to lack of training. Plus I moved back to Springfield before my sophmore year and thats when I decided to give running a try, so thank you dad for talking me into running instead of Football!!


Who was your biggest competition?

My biggest competiton was my best friend and training partner Spencer Haik. I loved every moment running with him and we have helped each other grow so much the last three years. The workouts when you dont feel like going very hard when you have to, you have that person to push you along and share the load with. The easy runs where we talk about the most random stuff, or getting salad, fireworks or whatever thrown at you people can find. I am going to miss running and spending the majority of my time with him and am going to try my hardest to make him a Tiger next year!! SHAKE AND BAKE


What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?

The most difficult obstacles I have had to overcome was definetely the mental side of running. I have grown so much in the sport physically and mentally. I used to put a to put a lot of pressure on myself before big races and usually didnt perform well. Once I changed that I started to run a lot better and would have fun with it, because if your not having fun then why do it.


What will you miss most?

I am going to miss the running with my best friend, my coach Jeff Berryesa and my club coach Eric Chavez these two have helped me grow as a person and a runner and I couldnt thank them enough. Also the friendships along the way with runners from other schools, it has been fun.


Do you have any advice for younger athletes?

My advice for younger athletes is have fun. I know that is said a lot by people especially your parents but it's true. Once I started to have fun with running and didnt make it a chore, I ran so much better.


What are your college plans?

I will be running cross country and track for the University of Missouri and hopefully majoring in Buisness. GO TIGERS!


Who would you like to thank?

I would like to thank my coach Jeff Berryesa for shaping me into a runner. This man is awesome and I am so glad he was my coach. If anyone else can joke with thier coach like we did on a long run like we did I would be surprised. Also, he makes the best fudge you will ever have in your life not even kidding. I would also like to thank coach Chavez for working with us as well and helping us get fast. This man is the craziest driver in the world and doesn't wreck. He cuts across 3 lanes of traffic with us guys in a big white van and scares me to death. I would like to thank my family and friends for all the love and support, my grandpa for the funny comments and my grandma for the thousands of pictures. My mom for buying me new running shoes or whatever I needed. My dad for doing his best to modivate me and running people over to get to the next spot on the cross country course. Last I would like to thank GOD for giving me the ability to run and shaping my life to what I am today.