ROCKFORD – Jenna Lutzow joined us for our Catching up at City Market segment last week, and the Belvidere North grad has redemption on the mind. She struggled in her sophomore season at Missouri after making an impact in cross country as a freshman. Then she had a ligament injury that sidelined her for track season, leaving her hungry to get back into top form.
“Old ways and even better,” Lutzow said. “Let’s just skip past sophomore year. I’m really focusing on cross country and thinking about certain times I want to hit. Get back to where I was and better.”
It takes a lot of training to compete in the SEC, and Jenna has a strong support system when she’s at home with her parents and her twin sister Jordyn pushing her through her workouts.
“It’s so nice having her,” Jenna said of her twin. “Leaving freshman year was super difficult being without her. I’m used to it but there’s nothing like the bond of a twin. It’s so hard to describe how it is. But just being with her I feel whole and happy. She helps distract me if I get discouraged. It’s great.”
After overcoming some physical and mental obstacles, Jenna is ready to come back stronger than ever as a Tiger.
“I can’t take myself out of the game,” Lutzow said. “Obviously they brought me there for a reason. I’ve been able to fulfill it a little bit for cross country last year. I still want to remind them and myself why I’m there. It’s all for a reason.”
The former SEC Cross Country Freshman of the Week wants to serve up a reminder of just who she is and that she can compete with some of the best runners in the country.