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Never too early for this senior to rise, shine

Updated: November 10, 2009, 9:50 AM ET
By Jon Mahoney | ESPN RISE Magazine

This story appeared in the Arizona edition of the November ESPN RISE Magazine.

The Xavier Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) girls' cross country team practices Monday through Saturday at 5 a.m. during the season. The early start is necessary for the Gators to get in a good workout before the sun starts scorching.

Getting out of bed for school is hard enough, but waking up long before the sun rises for practice sounds downright nightmarish. Yet head coach Dave Van Sickle knows that ...

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