Salute To Seniors - Ben Olson

Ben Olson
Blaine High School

                                                        What are all your personal records?

                                                        5k: 15:58

                                                        3200: 9:31

                                                        1600: 4:19

                                                        How did you get started as a track or cross country athlete?

                                                        I played baseball, hockey and soccer growing up, and loved playing all of them. However, my family has always been pretty active in endurance activities, and we participated in many citizen races with cousins, aunts and uncles. I really gravitated toward endurance sports, and grew to love competing at the summer USATF and AAU events.  Consequently I started training with the high school my 7th grade year.

                                                        What was your most memorable competition?

                                                        I have two favorite races, and both came this year. First, this year's State mile was a fun competition for me. I ran the 3200 the day before and I felt flat throughout, and wasn't able to stay with the lead pack after the first mile. That same race, I fell two seconds short of our school record, and after the race I lost my breakfast, to say the least. I felt awful for the majority of the day, but was thankful to have one more chance, and decided to make the most of it. I had my eyes set on our school record (4:20.6) as well as getting a podium spot. I went through the first 3 laps in 1:05, 2:10, 3:16 and knew that I had to close faster to make it happen. I closed in 63 and was happy to get a podium spot as well as set a new school record. I was able to celebrate it with my cousin (Molly Moening) who also broke her school record as well.