Snowstorm Q&A: Westfield’s Karl Practiced on Turf in Basement

Snowstorm Q&A: Westfield’s Karl Practiced on Turf in Basement


Sophomore Mackenzie Karl and the Westfield field hockey team won the 6A North region championship in the fall.

A snowstorm caused Fairfax County Public Schools to cancel athletic events for more than a week. Some areas received more than 20 inches of snow during the weekend, according to the National Weather Service, creating a break from competition for local high school athletes.

Westfield sophomore field hockey player Mackenzie Karl shared her storm experience via email.

Q: In what city do you live?

A: I live in Centreville.

Q: How did the amount of snowfall in your neighborhood compare to what you thought would fall?

A: I did not think it was actually going to snow as much as predicted. I thought probably just a foot.

Q: What, if any, preparations did you and your family make for the storm?

A: My mom went grocery shopping on Thursday to make sure we had enough food.

Q: What did you do to pass the time during the storm?

A: I slept a lot, watched movies, went outside, and practiced.

Q: Did you play in the snow? If so, what did you do?

A: I took our dogs outside and ran them around in the snow and I did help my mom shovel [Sunday].

Q: Were you able to exercise/practice during the storm? If so, what did you do?

A: Before the storm came, my mom and I brought a piece of turf we have along with a rebound board into the basement so I could practice.

Q: Do you play any other sports at Westfield? Do you play field hockey year-round? Are you playing a sport now?

A: Last year I was on the girls’ varsity lacrosse team. I do play field hockey year­round and right now I am playing indoor with my club team named Rampage.