She’s not even through her first year as a college student, but Allison Kosobud, a member of the CSB Track and Field team, already has quite a resume.
She holds four school records, is a two-time Blazer athlete of the Week and a MIAC Athlete of the Week for the Blazers.
But perhaps most notable is a performance at the NCAA Women’s Indoor Track and Field National Championship under her belt.
“She has an amazing instinct,” Head Track and Field Coach Robin Balder-Lanoe said. “She has raced like a veteran since the moment she came on the team.”
Last week, Kosobud traveled with Manon Gammon-Deering, Maria Kiminski, Kelsie Larson and Mandy Witschen to Lincoln, Neb. to represent their team in the national championships.
Kosobud, a mid-distance runner for the team placed 14th in the 800-meter race as well as the mile portion of the distance medley relay, where the team finished 12th.
Despite the large stage Kosobud didn’t let her nerves get her down. She went through her warm up routine as usual, doing her best to stay calm.
“A lot of people listen to music,” Kosobud said. “But I won’t because then I’m there with my own thoughts. I’ll just listen to people and I just watch other races and see how the rest of the team is doing. I get to cheer them on as opposed to just sitting there thinking what I’m going to do.”
Kosobud trains for mid-distance running, getting in a number of miles each week. She usually goes on one long run in addition to speed work and cross training.
“Our No. 1 goal is to keep her healthy,” Balder-Lanou said. “If we do that we know she can do amazing things.”
Kosobud, who has a bag of fruit snacks before each race, courtesy of her teammates, has proven to be a strong member of the team.
“She really is a sparkplug on the team,” Balder-Lanoe said. “You have to try to be the best athlete as well as a good teammate, and she does that well.”
Having the team there with her is what keeps Kosobud motivated.
“There is always someone running in the same (event) as you, so you’re never going it alone,” Kosobud said.
Having her teammates with her at nationals and being able to share their successes with each other made the experience even sweeter.
“We were all just so excited to be there,” Kosobud said about the team’s opportunity to compete at nationals.
It was a new experience for her that featured skilled athletes unlike she has seen before.
“I was blown away by some of them, they were so fast,” Kosobud said, “There were some people who were multiple time national champions, just breaking all sorts of DIII records.”
Instead of intimidating her though, her experience at nationals inspired Kosobud.
“It’ll make me that much more driven every year to have a great season,” Kosobud said. “It’s just making me more excited to keep running.”
She’ll get her next chance to compete along with the rest of the Blazer team in their outdoor season opener at noon on Saturday, March 29 at the CSB/SJU Invite.