Since the beginning of her running career in middle school at the Cranbury School, Paige Metzheiser ’15 has had to make sacrifices in order to focus on her abilities as a distance runner.
“I began track in sixth grade,” Metzheiser said. “I started it actually to improve my soccer [skills] because I thought it would be a good way to stay in shape.” She was even on the PHS varsity soccer team her freshman year before switching to cross country as a sophomore.
Metzheiser developed a passion for the sport after seeing the success that she and her teammates could achieve together. “My first year of track … was probably our best year ever,” Metzheiser said. “We won sectionals and county’s for the first time in history, so it was kind of … eye-opening [and] cool to be part of such a big thing.”
Although Metzheiser is now a co-captain herself, she still remembers the influence her captains had on her when she was a freshman in 2011–2012. “Being on relays with … older kids that I had never known before, it definitely felt like I was part of something special,” Metzheiser said. “That was kind of what made me realize how much I loved [track] and [that was] when I quit soccer.”
Since deciding to focus on running, Metzheiser has made track and cross country a major part of her life. She was a member of the Times of Trenton all-area girls cross country Team of the Year for 2014 and placed fourth in the 800-meter at the 2014 Groups 2 & 3 State Championships with a time of 2:19.36. Metzheiser and three other teammates traveled to New Balance Nationals in 2014 to compete in the sprint medley relay championship, placing 20th with a time of 4:17.70, according to the National Scholastic Sports Office.
After competing at the local, state, and national levels, Metzheiser hopes to develop her relationship with running even further at the Division III level at Stevens Institute of Technology. She looks to continue to learn about the sport and build off of all the experience she has gained during her time at PHS.