Charlotte Bednar ’22 Named #27 Best Female High School Runner
Last Thursday, Charlotte Bednar ’22 was named #27 in the country amongst female high school cross country runners.
Last Thursday, Charlotte Bednar ’22 was named #27 in the country amongst female high school cross country runners. She secured her first place win by over a minute in first race competing for Lawrenceville at the Briarwood Invitational.
“[The recognition] feels really good,” Bednar said, “I could never [have expected] something that big, so I’m just really excited to even try to improve from that.”
Bednar began running only four years ago, after placing well in a camp-sponsored 5K run. Not only does Bednar run long-distance, but she also plans on running indoor track this winter term and trying out for the Girls Varsity Lacrosse team this spring.
In the fall of 2018, as a freshman at The Hun School, Bednar won the Jerry Hart Cross Country Invitational, the Mercer County Championships, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Prep State Championship, and the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) Championship. On her transfer to Lawrenceville, Bednar said, “[Hun] didn’t have a girls cross country team and coaches weren’t that good.” During her time at Hun, Bednar practiced with the boys cross country team. In comparison, Bednar said that she “likes the [Lawrenceville] cross country program a lot.”
“I think [Girls Varsity Cross Country Coach Katie Chaput] is a super good coach. She’s really helped me improve my training methods and has given me really good advice for training,” Bednar said.
Additionally, Bednar’s sister, Caroline Bednar ’22, began her Lawrenceville career as a II Former; her sister’s experience was another factor influencing her transfer from Hun. On her future endeavors, Charlotte Bednar said that she would “like to eventually get recruited for running.” However, regarding her more short-term goals, she said, “I’m hoping to make it back to [the Nike Cross Nationals] again this year, around the end of the season.” Last fall, Charlotte Bednar placed fourth in the Nike Cross Regionals Northeast and finished in 12th place in Nationals. Her 12th-place finish was particularly special because it made her the first New Jersey runner to place in the top 12 in the girls’ Nationals race since 2012. As a student athlete, she works to balance her course load with running. “I’ve been doing my work during my free and after practice, so the work [and] sports balance hasn’t been bad at all,” she said. Overall, Charlotte Bednar is optimistic about the rest of her time at Lawrenceville and is “especially looking forward to each running season and all the social events, like dances.” While she also looks forward to partaking in student-run initiatives such as the Outing Club, she mainly hopes to “focus on [her] running.”