Threinen reaches state meet in back-to-back seasons
Head Coach Jared Pittman said he was overall happy with how his team fared at the section meet.
“We have had a few injuries and other nagging issues the last few weeks which did hurt some performances, but overall the kids still fought really hard at the end,” he said. “We had some really breakout performances and big PR’s. Isaac [Threinen] qualified for state too.”
Threinen qualified for the state meet for the second year in a row by earning fifth place at the section meet and beating his own personal record by finishing in 16:17.6.
Pittman said he’s “not surprised at all,” that Threinen qualified for the state meet again this year.
“We plan the whole season with the idea to be ready to run our best at the end. Isaac is dedicated and follows my plan very well. I expected him to run well,” he said.
Every runner wants to run well, but Pittman said Threinen’s dedication is what separates him from other runners.
“We all have some talent in us. Humans are built to run! It just takes the self-discipline to get out every day and do it. To follow a solid diet, to stay on a sleep schedule, etc. Isaac has that dedication which helps him reach his full potential,” he said.
He mentioned that he’s proud of all the work that Threinen has put into reaching his full potential.
“I am very proud of Isaac. I have seen him grow up from just a little quiet 8th grader to a fully functioning and non-quiet senior. I can’t wait to see how he does if he decides to run in college,” he said.
However, before he reaches college, Threinen has one more cross-country meet left – the state tournament meet, which is held at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, on Saturday, Nov. 2. The 2A boys will run at 11 a.m.
Pittman said it’s important that Threinen get off to a good start due to the level of competition at the state meet.
“The state meet is a tough one. We have really tough competition here, especially since we only have a two-class system right now,” he said. “You have to get out fast or you get caught in the crowd and it gets tough to get going. Isaac knows he needs to start fast and be mentally strong for the whole race to do well.”