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Athlete of the Week

KCChronicle.com/preps Athlete of the Week: Aurora Central Catholic's girls track Karina Liz

Karina Liz, Aurora Central Catholic, girls track, So.

Why she was selected: Won the Class 2A state title in the 800 meters Saturday, finishing in a 2A state-record 2:10.73

Aurora Central Catholic sophomore Karina Liz delivered a Class 2A championship in the 800 meters at Saturday's girls track and field state meet in Charleston. Her winning time of 2:10.73 earned her a 2A state record and honors as the St. Charles Bank & Trust-Kane County Chronicle Athlete of the Week. Liz, who now will prepare for AAU summer competition, spoke with Chronicle sports reporter Kevin Druley about her feat. Here's an edited transcript of their conversation:

What will you take away from the state meet and the 800?

I would take away from the state meet that hard work really pays off, because I worked really hard this year to try to achieve it. ... I think the weekend was a real eye-opener because I got a PR and it just shows that I'm capable of achieving my goals.

What was your strategy in the 800?

My game plan was to just do my absolute best and control my own race because you can't really control anyone else's. So i was in the mindset that I wanted to win, but whatever happens happens.

You were the lone Charger at state, but how many teammates were there in support?

There was a couple people who drove down to come and watch me run, and it was really nice, because it's weird going down there as the only competitor of your school. But it was really nice that they came down to watch me run, because I feel like I ran even better.

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