Julia Halterman, daughter of Jonathan and Jenni Halterman, is this week’s Athlete of the Week.
She is a sophomore at Independence High School and a member of the Cross Country Team. She is currently ranked as the sixth fastest all-time 5k in Independence history. She also finished fifth of 89 girls in the Championship Division of the Southern Showcase in Huntsville with a time of 19:26; 11th of 315 runners at the Voyles Classic; and 17th of 249 at the Cherokee Classic.
Halterman said she has been running for as long as she can remember. “When I was a toddler, I did a mini Triathlon for toddlers (The Tiny Tikes Triathlon), and I later participated in the Nashville kids Triathlon with my brother,” she said. “But, I ultimately started running in third grade when I joined the run club at Longview Elementary and ran in the Spring Hill Kids Marathon.”
She said she realized on the day of the race just how fun she thought running was. In seventh grade, she decided to join the Heritage Cross Country team and has been competitively running ever since.
When asked what inspires her to train and compete she said, “The whole sport of running inspires me; to beat my PRs (personal records), to move up in competition, support my team, and to be the best that I can be. Every day my team and my coaches encourage me. I wouldn’t be here without them. The Indy team is more than a team, it’s a family.”
She said she doesn’t have one specific role model, but rather numerous people in different parts of her life; coaches, friends and family. “There is a little bit in everyone you meet that is inspiring,” she said.
IHS Cross Country Coach Luke Finley said of Halterman:
Julia is a dynamic runner, an incredible teammate and a positive influence on everyone she encounters. This week, she took her turn as our number one runner at the Southern Showcase in Huntsville, Alabama. As just a sophomore, she has skyrocketed up to the No. 6 all-time position on our girls 5k list. Even though she is one of the top runners in Middle Tennessee, she treats everyone equally and comes to work every day with high energy and a great disposition. “Jules” is a critical element in our lead pack and in our team culture.
After graduating from IHS, she plans to continue her running career in college.