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3/11
The 22nd Annual Millcreek Distance Classic was a huge success! Thanks again to everyone who came out to volunteer, compete or cheer on your friends! We can't wait to see you next year. Race results can be found here: http://www.smileymiles.com/2011Results.html

2/7  
Samantha Hamilton, winner the YRRC scholarship, ran the 3000m in the New Balance Armory Invitational in New York City this past weekend.  Samantha is the leading Guin’s female distance runner. We got the chance to catch up with her for a quick interview:

Q: When did you start running and why?

A: This is actually a funny story.. I started running cross country in 7th grade. But a few years before that my family would have these picnics and parties at my uncle's house. So my cousin Jason and his friends would always make bets with me like "If you can run down the street to the stop sign and back in under a minute, I will give you a dollar"... I ran down the street, a lot. But in all honesty, running set me apart in high school. I liked the individuality of it - you didn't have to depend on your team to score points or to win matches. It's just you out there and it's a really great feeling!

Q: Did you know early on that you wanted to run to compete?

A: Not really. I'm sure like most schools, there was a meeting held to talk about the cross country team. I was sitting with a group of friends and we all decided to sign up and I'm very thankful that I did!


Q: Do you come from a family of runners?

A: No


Q: Do you have a race or personal running record that you are most proud of?

A: I would have to say winning Horizon League outdoors last year in the Steeplechase was a proud moment. My time also qualified me for the USA Junior National Championships, so I got to run in Des Moines, Iowa. It was really cool to compete on such a huge stage and to see outstanding athletes compete like Galen Rupp, Shalane Flanagan, Bridget Franek, Amy Begley, and Sara Hall.. I even got to snap a few pictures with Lolo Jones and Ryan Hall! It was awesome. I had a lot of fun at NCAA Great Lakes Regionals this year in cross country too. I set a 29 second personal best in the 6k (21:45) and broke the school record.


Q: How do you overcome challenges, like injuries or a bad race?

A: I have been fortunate enough not to have had any major injuries thus far. The hardest thing is overcoming "bad" races and always believing in your fitness even when race results don't reflect it. I ran the 5k last week at Geneva and set a personal best by 28 seconds (17:25). The previous week I had set a 9 second personal best in the 3k (10:00). I competed in the 3k at the New Balance meet this past weekend at the Armory in New York City. The race went out a lot slower than I was anticipating, 2 girls fell in front of me and I finished in a disspointing 10:06. Those are the times when you need to reach within yourself, brush it off and know that it isn't always going to go how you want it to... as easy as it is to say, it's hard to do sometimes!


Q: Are there any other sports that you participate in, for fun or for cross training?

A: No. It has been just running for the past 4 years. When I was younger I participated in basketball, softball, track and cross country. I stopped playing softball when I got to high school because playing softball and running track interfered too much. When I was a sophomore in high school I broke my foot playing basketball. It took a few weeks to heal and when it did, there was still plenty of season left to play. Unfortunately my first game back, I broke it again! I decided then that I should start focusing on what I could really excell at - so it was all running from then on out!

Q: When is your next running event?

A: I am planning on running the mile this coming weekend at Akron.