FHS duo share love of running

By SUSAN RIDDELL State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Frankfort High senior cross country runners Leesa Unger and Ryan Quire have different approaches and different strengths when it comes to running.

But they are alike in a few ways.

For starters, they're both two of the better girls cross country runners to come out of the area in some time. Both were important members of the Lady Panthers state championship team as freshmen, and both will be representing FHS in Saturday's Class A state cross country meet at the Kentucky Horse Park as individuals.

The one way the girls are most alike, however, is pretty basic, in fact.

They love to run.

"I just love it," Unger says of distance running. "A lot of people think I'm crazy, but it's very relaxing for me."

"If I'm upset," Quire added, "I can go run and not think about what's bothering me. It makes me mellow and puts me in a better mood."

Unger and Quire have run competitively for a combined 19 years.

"I was looking for something to do after school," said Quire, who started running in the fourth grade. "I wasn't very coordinated and I didn't want to play soccer or basketball, so I tried running and I liked it right away."

Unger, meanwhile, comes from a family of runners, which include parents John and Janna, and her older brother, Bobby.

"I really enjoy running with my mom," Leesa said. "She's very encouraging and it's easy to run with her."

That, however, is only the beginning in a list of contrasting aspects of each runner.

For more on this story, see the latest State Journal.

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