The sophomore runner already has two wins and two more third-place finishes to her credit this year. She’s trying to improve on her 16th-place finish at last year’s Class 1-A state cross country meet.
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Q: You turn 16 next spring. Are you looking forward to driving?
A: Yeah. I already have a car. It’s an old Buick.
Q: Will you be more prone to run or drive when the time comes?
A: I don’t know. I really like running, so I’d probably choose that.
Q: How would you assess your freshman season?
A: I think I did pretty good, and this year I’m improving. Last year, I finished 16th at state, and now I’m (ranked) 11th.
Q: Sounds like some valuable experience.
A: Yeah. It was quite a shock. I knew I did well, but I didn’t expect it to be that good. I was real impressed with my time.
Q: Do you carb up before a race?
A: We usually have pasta dinners with the team. We get together and have fun. The morning of the meet, my mom usually makes me some pancakes for some carbs, and I usually eat pasta for lunch.
Q: What else will you do before a meet?
A: I usually like to Google race strategies and stuff to see if I can do anything differently to help me.
Q: What’s the best part about seeing the finish line?
A: It’s just a blessing. Just to know you made it through the race and how fast you made it through the race. I know I’m not the fastest person, but it’s pretty rare to be this fast.
Q: What’s the best part of running?
A: It’s soothing. Anytime I’m just not feeling good during the day, I’ll just want to run.
Q: Aside from running, what’s the best part of fall?
A: I just like the season in general. It’s nice to be back in school, see all your friends and get back into your regular routine.
Q: What do you expect from yourself the rest of this season?
A: I’m trying to get into the lower 15s (minute range) and then to the 14s. I just want to improve my time as best I can.