WHY SHE WAS SELECTED:
Oswego senior Isabelle Christiansen ran a 5:04.19 1,600-meter run at the Batavia Distance Madness meet Friday. Christiansen, breaking her personal-best by seven seconds, broke Oswego’s indoor 1,600 record with the time.
Christiansen, who will run collegiately at Missouri, talked to sports editor Joshua Welge about her achievement and more. This is an edited version of the transcript.
Welge: So, great run, right?
Christiansen: Absolutely. I was really excited for it. It was a new meet for me, first time I had ever been there. It’s always kind of exciting to do something new. I knew there would be a ton of fast girls there. I knew I had to get in a pack and stick.
Welge: Did you realize that you had broken the record?
Christiansen: I actually didn’t. I thought the record was 5:03. I thought that I had just missed it, but coach Simon was like “you got it.” We were really excited when we got confirmation.
Welge: So how good did it feel to run that time on March 8?
Christiansen: That’s the fastest I’ve run this early in the season, at an indoor PR. Sometimes, I feel like I struggle indoors. It was kind of a confidence boost to do this well this early.
Welge: How did the race come together for you?
Christiansen: It went really well. I had a race plan going in and I executed it. I knew the first four laps would be fairly easy, I would just have to fall in with the pace. I wanted to focus on my fifth and sixth lap. That’s where I’ve struggled. We talked about feeling tall and strong and the pace would go easier, and then give it all I had at the end. I kept thinking about the plan, I got to the lane and it went well.
Welge: How tough was training this winter with the cold temperatures?
Christiansen: The weather this winter was not ideal at all. It was pretty bad. There were days that our coaches and school wouldn’t let us go outside. There were days that we would have to cut runs short. I don’t like being cooped up.
Welge: What’s your thoughts on indoor conference this weekend?
Christiansen: I’m pretty sure I’m doing the mile and two mile. I did that double last year, and it went well. The double is difficult, but it’s a good opportunity to contribute to the team. It can help us score points to the championship. We just missed it indoors last year, but we got it outdoors.
Welge: Have you started doing workouts gearing toward Missouri?
Christiansen: I won’t start doing their workouts until the summer. I did just fill out housing forms and started sending in uniform sizes. Doing little stuff like that gets me excited for next year.