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Katy G. Solis - Jacksonville University - From High School to College

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DistancePreps.com - The Future Runs Now   on Nov 25 2013, 07:40 PM

Katy G. Solis - Jacksonville University - From High School to College

 

Katy G. Solis was a stalwart on Coach Sommer's Estero girls championship teams.  During her senior season, Katy initially indicated she would head to Ole Miss upon graduation but eventually went to compete for Coach Griggs and the Jacksonville University Dolphins.  Katy just finished her freshman cross-country season for the Dolphins being named to the All-Freshman team for the Atlantic Sun Conference.  During her high school career, Katy went 17:58 for the 5K in 2012, finishing second in 3A.  Her Track Pr's are 5:12 in the 1600 and 10:55 in the 3200.  


How did you prepare over the summer for your freshman season?

The preparation for my freshman season was through summer training with Coach Sommer. He kept me fit and tried to prepare me for the changes to come and incorporated workouts I had from Coach Grigg, my new coach, to ensure I was going to be ready for college running.


What really motivated you to do the necessary training?

What really motivated me to do the necessary training was the idea that I wanted to be a contributor to JU's team. I didn't want to be just another runner to the team but something more. I had the same motivation I had when I first entered high school and saw the older girls and wanted to be great like they were. I had goals in mind for my college career and in order to accomplish them I had to keep my desire, dedication, and discipline alive.


How was the transition to college life away from home? What was the easiest and hardest aspects of your freshman season being away from home?

The transition to college life away from home was tough at first. I had never been away from home nor my family for an extended period of time, so it was a challenge at first but I feel more at home everyday. The hardest aspect of my freshman season being away from home was having good time management and of course getting used to the food; I sure miss a home cooked meal. The easiest aspect of my freshman season would have to be being used to having responsibilities.


Do you somehow secretly miss the 4 AM get-up for practice?

Even though waking up at 4 AM and having a grueling practice that early in the morning was a challenge, I do secretly miss it. I even miss the yelling from Coach Sommer that early in the morning as well!


Are there any unique aspects of your training during the season that you feel were really beneficial in your 15h place finish at the Atlantic Sun Championships and being named All-Freshmen First team?

I feel that there were unique aspects of my training during the season that was really beneficial for my 15th place finish at the Atlantic Sun Championship and being named All-Freshmen First Team. My training was less about the high intensity workouts from high school to more about longer distance quality workouts. My training is all about quality and pace. We do longer reps like mile repeats, 1k and 800 intervals.

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