Xavier's Katie Tallett reaching record pace

HS journalism: Senior distance runner makes Drake Relays field

Xavier’s Katie Tallett, competing in the 3,000-meter run at the Linn-Mar Lion Relays earlier this month, is closing in on a school record. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Xavier’s Katie Tallett, competing in the 3,000-meter run at the Linn-Mar Lion Relays earlier this month, is closing in on a school record. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Xavier senior Katie Tallett used to hate running. Now she can’t live without it.

In only her second high school track season, she has become one of the fastest distance runners in Xavier history. So far this season, Tallett has collected one first place and three second-place finishes in the 3,000-meter run, as well as one first place finish in the 1,500.

“I found that the longer distances are much easier to run since I have good endurance and a slower pace than what is required to be mid-distance,” Tallett said. “Longer distances are all mental, while shorter are all about speed.”

Tallett has come very close to accomplishing her goals for this season. She is seconds away in reaching her goal time of under five minutes for the 1,500 and her personal best time for the 3,000 is 10 seconds behind the school record of 10:33.

“Another goal of mine is to go to the Drake Relays in the 3,000 and state for the 3,000, 1,500 and distance medley,” Tallett said. “I would also love to place top five or anything below 10th place at state.”

Tallett has shown no signs of slowing down in reaching her goals. She made the Drake field in the 3,000.

“I would say that Katie has shown that hard work and dedication certainly do pay off,” girls’ coach Bryan Jones said. “The effort she gives in practice translates to her success in races, and I think the rest of the team can see that.”

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Tallett also had a rewarding cross country season, qualifying for state. This has pushed her to have a successful track season as well.

“I think that all the work she had done prior to and during the cross country season, and the success it garnered her, has definitely fueled her success in track,” Jones said.

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