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Member Since:

Jan 01, 2007



Goal Type:

NCAA Champ

Running Accomplishments:

2008 XC WAC Champs

1600m STATE CHAMP '08
2006 & 07 XC Region Champ


    XC 6k--21:38.8(PreNat '10)
    XC 5k--17:17.1 (USU '09) 
    XC 3mi--17:38.0 (MSU'08)

Outdoor Track:

5000m - 17:10.71 (April '09)

3k steeple - 10:43 (April '09)

1500m - 4:48 (April '09)

3200m - 11:15.34 (May '08)
1600m - 5:08.37 (May '08)
800m - 2:22.62 (May '08)
400m - 1:03.13 (May '08)

Indoor Track

3000m - 9:59.48 (Feb. '09)       5000m - 17:36.72 (Feb. '09)

Short-Term Running Goals:

*Stay healthy and positive

*Top 3 Individual in WAC XC 

*3k - 9:45, 5k - 16:45, steeple - 10:15

*WAC Champ Steeplechase


Long-Term Running Goals:

*Qualify for NCAA Nationals (XC and Track)
*Marathons after college - FAST!
*Keep working hard & improving


In my fifth semester at Utah State University. A sophomore Cross Country and a junior in Track and Field. Majoring in Math Education, planning to graduate in 2013.

Joy = {roller-blading, running, fancy cheese, friends, ultimate frisbee, Jones Cream Soda, Star Wars and turtles} 

Favorite Blogs:

Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

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Race: New Mexico Collegiate Classic (1 Miles) 00:05:07, Place overall: 3, Place in age division: 1
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First time I've raced the mile since May of '08! Time was pretty good - altitude adjusted it was a 5:01.28. Wished I'd run at least 1.29 seconds faster! Still, I ran a solid race and definitely could've run faster. 

First lap, I took it out with an SUU girl and we hit a 37, which was close enough to GP to be fine with me. Then we settled pretty thoroughly into straight 39s for the next 6 laps. Some jostling of places and such, so at the start of my final lap I was in third and doing fine. Then I remembered "sprint mechanics" and took off like the devil himself was after me! Passed up both the girls ahead of me and ran a 34 for that lap. Woo! Definitely should've started my kick a lot sooner. Now I know I can run that fast pretty easily, it makes me want to do the mile again to see by how much I can break 5. But next week I'm doing the 3000m at UW (and going for the school record, hopefully a low 9:40 or better)! Then at conference I'll most likely be doing the 5k and 3k double. So maybe later... :) Good race overall. 

 Ran 8 miles with Jessie and Alex for our cooldown/longish run, then after the rest of our awesome performances (seriously, it was an awesome day for the Aggies!) I ran back to the hotel with Cherise, Merissa and Hannah.  

Race: UW Husky Classic (3k) (1.875 Miles) 00:09:47, Place overall: 39, Place in age division: 4
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Woo! I was aiming for a 9:45 today and ended up getting pretty close! Plus, I broke the school record by nearly 5 seconds and PRed by 12! Winner of a day, I'd say. 

Got bumped up to heat 2 of 4, so I raced later in the day - 4pm or so - so I had all day to get nice and antsy. :) Warmed up outside on the trail and got soaked along with muddied before the race. Still, I stayed warm and had just enough time to do some strides, get my spikes on and get ready to go! Bang, and go. Race went out quick, but I stuck to pace pretty well and (from what I managed to hear of splits) hit a 78 400m, then a 2:36 800m and a 5:14 mile. Started passing up the field as I kept on pace as the race got harder. With 3 laps to go, my splits were slipping a bit and I worked to maintain my pace. Still, I managed to keep it up well enough and even had a couple seconds worth of a kick, though a couple girls on the back stretch boxed me in and "threw off my groove." Bums! Finished, exhausted, and treated myself to a caramel filled Cadbury egg. Mmmmmm. 

 Winner winner chicken dinner!!!!! Excited to run even faster! 

Race: WAC Indoor Championships 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:17:13, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
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Crazy crazy race! Broke up the NM twins, but I wish I could've gotten that first one. Darn! Still, it was a tough race, the details of which will come later. Right now I need to sleep. 

Ok, so here's how the craziness went down. Planned out with coach to hit 42s per lap until halfway, then race my booty off with whatever happened from there on out. So Kim and I took it out with the NM twins right with us and hit 41.8-42.2 forever. It felt great. Then the twins started to move. One passed me and sat right in front of me while the other tried to slide in behind her. Twin 2 ended up running in the second lane a lot. :) Still, it was tiring to keep right in that spot and I clipped Twin 1 a few times in a row and she told me to give her some space. So I hollered back for her sister to give me some space! These sort of outbursts occurred a couple more times throughout the race. Hehe. With about a mile to go, Thing 1 went crazy and started pushing the pace lots. So I stuck on her for about 2 or 3 laps, then I couldn't hold it anymore and she gapped me. With about 3 laps to go Thing 2 passed me and I wanted to die. Still, when I finally got to the last lap, I got up on my toes and kicked like there was no tomorrow. Passed up Thing 2, and as I did so she hollered to her sister that I was coming. After the warning shout, Thing 1 picked it up and I stopped gaining as quickly. Another 50 meters and I think I would've had her though! Finished in a 17:13, only 3 seconds off my best 5k ever (which was run at sea level outdoors). Freaky fast! My mile splits were about 5:36, 5:35, 5:20. Ow. Man, I hate those twins sometimes/most times.

Tomorrow I run the 3k with 33 people in my heat! Woot. Ranked 2nd going in... we'll see. 

Race: WAC Indoor Championships 3k (1.875 Miles) 00:09:54, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
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Crazy race again! Why so fast!?! It's conference, people! Still, pretty happy with the meet all in all, even with some disappointments.

So, the plan in this one was to take it out at 40-41 and hold that as long as it could then go with the race. Went that way again, like the 5k. I took it out at 37 (due to the hugeness of the heat) and got our pace settled at 40s, then at about 8 laps to go, a few girls started making a move and I didn't really want to go with it. (My legs were just a bit thrashed from yesterday.) Still, I went with it to the greater extent, just sitting on some people's shoulders as I stuck on the lead pack. With about 5 to go they really started hammering it out and I didn't feel like I had it in my legs to go with them. Still, with Kim passing me up and Alex too, I just wanted to keep within shooting range of the leaders, hoping my kick wouldn't fail me. So, I drifted off a bit but with 2 laps to go I started accelerating and on that bell lap I gave it all I had to pass up the pack. I got past all the girls except Hannah from Idaho whose seed time was 4 seconds faster than mine. As I got up to her with about 50 to go she realized I was out-kicking her butt and got up and went. She's a miler. I was doomed. Still, I nearly had her and she only beat me by a second! Time of 9:54 was 7 seconds off my PR from Seattle (also a sea level type) and on tired legs, so wow. Just wow. Those races went a whole lot faster than I was expecting, that's for sure.

Our team ended up getting second to Louisiana Tech by ONE MEASLY POINT!!!! Such a bummer! Lots of shoulda/coulda/woulda occured, but that's how it went down. Sad day. 

Now that indoor's over, I'm super stoked for outdoor and the STEEPLECHASE! My hurdling has been getting lots better and I'm finally fast again, so I'm ready to tear it up out there! Woo!

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