If you follow Pac-1o track and field then you are surely know Washington senior Katie Follett. She was the NCAA indoor runner-up in the 1,500 meters last month in Fayetteville, Ark. She is also one of the big-hitters on Washington’s powerful cross country teams. Katie spoke to reporters after she won the 1,500 meters at the Oregon Pepsi Invitational with a time of 4:17.02.
Are you happy with the way you performed today?
Katie Follett: Yeah, it was definitely great to be able to come out here at Hayward Field and win a race to get one under my belt. I would have liked to run a little bit faster today, but I guess it just wasn’t in the cards for me. Luckily, this was only our second meet of the outdoor season, so I have a few more chances to come back and run fast times. It’s just awesome. The crowd is awesome here. The atmosphere is awesome. It’s one of the best tracks. So it’s always fun to come out here and compete.
Was it a little cold and windy out there today?
Katie Follett: It was a little cold this morning. I was talking with a few of the Oregon girls before the race. Nicole was saying that it was the nicest day you have had in a couple of weeks. I can’t complain about that.
I bet your weather hasn’t been that much better (in Seattle).
Katie Follett: No. We’ve had a few days of sun, but it’s the same. It’s what we’re used to. We kind of just come here and expect it. If you get a nice day like this, it’s a bonus.
Do you like going head to head with the Oregon girls?
Katie Follett: Yeah, actually I do. We go head to head quite often just because of how close we are here on the west coast. So it’s nice. There’s always a couple of familiar, friendly faces in the crowd. After our race last week at Stanford, a few of us did our together the day after the meet. Stuff like that is nice, it builds camaraderie. Yes, we’re rivals but at the end of the day we’re all just out here competing. We put on our running shoes every morning and we go our for runs and do the same things. It’s nice.
How nice is it to get a win here know that NCAAs will be here in June?
Katie Follett: That was definitely in the back of my mind, yesterday and today when I was going through the warm up process, eating, and getting out onto the track. In the back of my mind, the whole time I was thinking, “Alright, a couple of months from now.” So it’s definitely nice to come. It’s kind of like a rehearsal…have a good race and get a win here. It bodes well going in to nationals in a few months.