The Fort Vancouver cross country team has a mindset that’s been passed down in recent years.
“Just do your best, put in the effort and you’ll get there.”
Senior Dhamar Campos is a living example of that mindset.
In her first Westside Classic regional cross country meet as a freshman, Campos ran 25:09 and finished in 105th place.
“I was like third from last,” Campos said with an ever-present giggle.
As a sophomore, she improved by nearly two minutes, finishing in 23:10. As a junior, she got even faster, clocking in 21:42.
“It wasn’t until my junior year that I realized that I could actually be a competitive runner in college, if I really wanted to,” Campos said. “So the summer before my senior, I dedicated myself to being a better runner. Going out and running every day with the goal of making state on my own.”
Last fall, she achieved that goal, placing 33rd in the Westside Classic in 20:56.