Athlete of Week September 9/9 - 9/13/02
Last year Ciara Viehweg of St. Ignatius HS in San Francisco had a great first year of prep running during the fall harrier campaign that culminated with a fourteenth place in State in her Division. During the spring track season she steadily improved and moved up through the pack ahead of her to record the fastest frosh prep 3200 in the entire nation (for her grade) of 10:44.88! Nicole Blood of Saratoga, New York) had a 9:38.04 for 3000 Meters (worth probably in low 10:20's for 3200m, with Erin Gray of South Eugene, Oregon 9:58.46 for the same distance, probably worth in the mid 10:40's for the half lap longer 3200m). Anyway, Ciara was among the very top handful of ninth grade runners in the entire nation by the end of last year!
Best of luck and congratulations Ciara - we will look for more good
results down the road
1) Briefly describe your fall cross-country season so far?
The season is still very early - we’ve only had the one meet at North Monterey- but I felt good in that race. It’’s a long season though. The WCAL and CCS have many really strong runners, so I just hope to stay healthy and keep trying to improve each meet.
2) Last Fall you had a fine Cross-Country season, but moved to real
national prominence with your
My coach, Liz Gustorf, slowly built my mileage last winter, then
increased speed work in the spring. She’’s very careful about injuries, so
we backed off if anything was hurting. I felt like I
3) What do you enjoy most about running?
Definitely my teammates. They are such a blast. We have great fun and I really enjoy seeing them each day after school.
Recovery runs! (just kidding) It’’s really the mix of different runs
that I like. We have some longer runs around Land’’s End and through
Golden Gate Park that are really scenic. Other days we do hill work or
intervals. We never do the same thing two days in a row, so
5) What other sports did you do while you were growing up?
I played volleyball and some basketball in grammar school, but enjoyed competitive Irish dancing the most. I was fortunate enough to win two Western Region championships and get 3rd in the Nationals. I still do a little dancing for fun, but running has really taken over now.
6) What are some of your goals for your running this year?
Our team is working very hard to be competitive in WCAL and CCS. Our number one goal is to qualify the team for State.
7) What are your thoughts on this weekend's race coming up?
I’ve never run the Ed Sias before, so I’’m not sure what to expect. I think the course is shorter than last week, so the pace will probably be quicker. I just hope to keep up with the faster runners and see how I feel at the end.
8) Where and what do you see yourself doing in ten years?
I am not sure.
9) What advice would you have to beginning runners?
Get involved with your team, because the best part is all the friends you make. Make sure you eat right to stay strong, and try to build your running gradually to avoid injury.
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