WESTMONT – As a runner, Chloe Marshinski is obsessed with time.
As in, how do her times this season stack up with last season? It’s a concept the Westmont senior can’t shake.
“It seems to be a daily conversation with her,” Westmont girls track coach Steve Wolf said. “She’s worried about her times, and I have to remind her this season is not like last season. We’re about a week behind as far as meets go because we had meets canceled because of the weather. I have to remind her that she’s right on pace and the times she wants will come.”
If Marshinski is a week behind, it sure doesn’t show. In running a season-best time in the 3,200-meter run at last week’s Interstate Eight Conference meet, Marshinski won the race by nearly a minute. The third-place finisher was nearly two minutes back. That performance showed her she’s right where she needs to be when it comes to getting back to the Class 1A state meet and earning another all-state finish as she did last year when she finished seventh.
“I’ve been seeing my times in my workouts, and I think I’m right where I need to be, Marshinski said. “Looking at the state rankings on dyestat.com, I’m ranked pretty much where I was last year.”
With Marshinski, a 3,200 specialist, and junior 1,600 runner Maggie Arndt leading the way, the Sentinels are enjoying a solid season that includes their best team finish (fourth) at the Interstate Eight Conference meet.
Marshinski and Arndt, cross country state meet qualifiers last fall, will be looking to book their tickets to the state track meet when they compete at the Class 1A Lisle sectional at 4 p.m. Friday. And they might be fielding some questions about the state series from some of their younger teammates.
“When I talk to some of the underclassmen I just give them advice, same with Maureen [senior teammate Maureen Bailey] because she’s run at state, too,” Marshinski said. “I just say to them to stay relaxed and go in with a goal. If you tell yourself you feel good, you’re going to run well.”
Sophomore teammates Elisa Klewinski and Emma May were state qualifiers last year and offer the uninitiated Sentinels another outlet to ask questions about state in addition to Marshink and Arndt (an 800 qualifier last spring). Freshman Annie Carlson (a dual conference champ in the 100 and 300 hurdles) seems poised to earn a state berth at the sectional and could use advice ahead of the state meet.
The state meet likely will be the swan song to Marshinski’s track career. Also an accomplished trumpet player, she will be part of the Marching Illini when she heads to the University of Illinois in the fall. She has to get through the sectional field first, but navigating that race should not be a problem.
“I’m not worried about her numbers,” Wolf said. “She’s right on target. I looking forward to her race at the sectional.”