Posted: May 15, 2013 4:24 PM by Ted Dawson
Updated: May 15, 2013 4:37 PM
TOWNSEND - This week's Athlete of the Week may not be that fast, but she can sure go the distance.
At the Class B District Track Meet, Townsend senior Chiara Warner started the day by winning the 1600-meter, beating the old record by nine seconds. She then won the 800-meter race, breaking the record by four seconds. She finished the day by winning the 3200-meter.
"I love the sport and I love the feeling of being around people who love to do what I love and it's something I can push myself at," Warner said.
She has definitely pushed herself. From the time she was in fifth grade, she's been a distance runner, logging 60 to 70 miles per week.
"I've built up, so it's pretty easy. It just comes natural now," she said.
Warner placed second in the state cross country meet this year. Her 4.54 clocking in the mile at a meet in Missoula is better than the all-time state record of 4.55.
"She's a very driven young lady. She's one that, one of the most impressive things about her is that it doesn't matter what her competition level is, she turns in very good times. So she's very self-motivated and that's always nice," Broadwater County track coach Travis Rauh said.
Warner, who has already earned a full ride scholarship to Carroll College is in Laurel tonight, getting ready for the divisional meet this weekend. Then, it's on to state.
"You know, I really want it and I've been working really hard. I want to try to win the mile and the 800 and whatever else I can do. I would love to beat the state record for the mile," she said.
As for her future plans, she has no intention to stop running.
"After my collegiate career I would love to just keep on running. I know I'll always be a runner, just can't change that," she said.