Lengthy Chat With NCAA Runner-Up Follett
Always a favorite of Flotrack.org, senior Katie Follett took some time to talk with the website as part of its "KWIK-E" interview series. In Follett's case, the title is something of a misnomer, as the transcript of the chat winds up anything but quick. The seven-time All-American talks about the outdoor season ahead, looks back on her runner-up finish in the mile at NCAA Indoors, and touches on her training, teammates, and some local hiking destinations.
Here are a couple snippets from the interview. Click here for the full feature.
After being the runner-up indoors, is the ultimate goal a national championship?
Well, definitely being the runner-up, I feel kind of hungry going towards outdoor nationals. The goal whenever you're at NCAAs is to win a national championship. To be right behind her and to see her throwing her hands up in the air and to know I was the next girl, definitely I'll be thinking about that and how that felt going into the outdoor season. I wasn't disappointed with my race. That's the best finish I've ever had. I felt like it was a good race for me. I guess we'll see. That's all you can say! I said that you get three days of the year to get to go for a national title and you just really hope that you're not injured and that you feel good on those days. The goal is to get to that day outdoor and just be feeling good. I felt pretty good indoors, so hopefully I can do that again.
What does it feel like to have been a huge part of Washington's distance success in the past four years?
I've had a great experience here at Washington. I wouldn't change a thing. I've loved it here. I feel really blessed to have had great girls to train with and obviously there's Anita Campbell, Mel Lawrence, Kendra Schaaf, Kailey Campbell and Christine Babcock. I get to go to practice with these girls everyday. Multiple All Americans! They've done really great things and have a great attitude at practice and everyone wants to work hard. I feel like going to practice every day with them has made me a better distance runner than I could have been on my own training. Obviously Coach Metcalf is a big part of that. I love him as a coach. He's very enthusiastic and he really believes in each of us, in our potential and what we can accomplish. I think the combination of that with girls that I train with has just been awesome and a great experience.
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