Kayla Wolf started fast and held her lead on Saturday at the Illinois Prep Top Times Classic in Bloomington, winning the 800-meter championship in 2:16.2. Wolf, a Burlington Central senior from unincorporated St. Charles, thrived in the state's unofficial indoor meet on "all hill training and guts," said Central coach Vince Neil, noting that the school does not have a fieldhouse conducive to track and field training this time of year. Wolf, the St. Charles Bank & Trust-Kane County Chronicle Athlete of the Week, spoke with Chronicle sports editor Jay Schwab about her title. The following is an edited transcript:
Where do you get the confidence to start that fast?
Well, I came out for sprinting. I used to be a sprinter in middle school and I've just progressively gotten longer. I guess I start out quickly because that's just a tendency from sprinting.
How big of an accomplishment is winning [a Top Times championship]?
I think it's important in having a good start to the season but I guess for me, outdoor state is always the big goal. This is kind of a stepping stone on the way to outdoor because it's really hard to say that you peaked for an indoor season because you don't really peak for indoor. Your goal is to peak for outdoor.
Do you have a certain time circled as your goal for the spring?
I would say my goal for this season is a 2:12.
Do you have a favorite pre-meet meal or snack of any sort?
I always have Nature Valley peanut butter granola bars. Those are my favorite.