By J.D. McKay
Last season, senior Chloe Loftus and her 4 by 800 meter team finished 10th at the state meet. This year, the team made up of sophomore Jaydon Cirincione, junior Natalie Clare, and Sydney Baxter were aiming to finish top eight and get on the podium. Loftus’ hard work was certainly helping to lead the team to a top eight finish.
“On an average week, I spend about 20 hours running and strength training,” said Loftus.
On top of the hours she has put in, Loftus has been running for a long time.
“I started doing track in fifth grade, the first year I could.”
Along with the 4 by 800, she runs the 800 and 2 mile.
“My goals for the season were to PR in the 2 mile and individual 800,” said Loftus. “I also wanted to be all-state with my 4 by 800 team.”
Loftus is getting to run at Division 1 Indiana State next year. One reason is her work ethic, but she believes the mental aspect of being a good runner is important, too.
“I have had successes and get to run at ISU because I stay positive, work hard, and stay committed,” said Loftus.
As a D-1 athlete, she knows she cannot just sit back and get upset by the fact that she is losing a lot of her senior year, and plans to continue training for college.
“My goals past track season and into the summer are to work hard and prepare for my freshman cross country season at ISU.”
Even though she is excited about her future as a runner, that does not mean she is just fine with missing her senior season.
“My favorite part of track is getting to compete and hanging out with my friends,” said Loftus. “So the thing that I am most sad about when it comes to track season is having to miss out on all of the memories that I would have made with my teammates.”
But the best advice ever given to Loftus has helped her push through this tough time and become a talented runner.
“The best advice someone has ever given me is to set your eye on a goal and never give up until you achieve it,” she said. “Even if it seems impossible.”