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By Travis Sloat 

Chisholm High School senior Mollie Burchel keeps it short and sweet when she tells others about what it means to be in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. 

“FCA is just hanging out with other students who believe in God,” Burchel said. “It’s a safe atmosphere where you can express your faith freely without feeling judged. You have the option of speaking or praying at meetings, but neither one is necessary. Being around people who love to share their faith and happiness is what it’s all about. FCA is here to encourage and motivate us to go out and be bold in our walk with the Lord.” 

Burchel is a sprinter and hurdler for the Longhorn track team. She said she started running in middle school. 

“I love the adrenaline rush of racing, and I get to meet many new people with similar interests,” she said. “This year, as an individual, I’d like to try my best to improve my times and make my hurdling form more efficient. As a team, I hope that we can encourage each other to do better and work harder, so in the end we can be more successful in our season.” 

In addition to being a big part of FCA, Burchel said she enjoys being an older role model for some of the younger people on the team to look up to. 

“Being a role model for my teammates could be considered stressful,” she said. “But I use it as an opportunity to grow my confidence in myself. I enjoy helping the younger athletes with form or stretches. I try my best every day to encourage them and push them to become better. You never know how much a high five or a ‘good job’ can help someone to keep going.” 

In her free time, Burchel said she enjoys listening to music, reading, playing with her pets, and hanging out with her friends. Her plans for after high school are to attend Oklahoma State University and major in architectural engineering. 

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