Folio gives Tigers reason for optimism


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The Holy Trinity girls cross country team should get back to the state meet this season, especially with the state's No 1 ranked runner in Class 1A, Samantha Folio.

photo by Carl Kotala

When Samantha Folio started running cross country at Holy Trinity as a seventh grader, her senior season seemed a million miles away.

And now it’s here.

“With all the (college) forms and applications, yes (it’s hit me),” Folio laughed. “It’s a little sad when Coach (Scott) Baker goes, ‘There’s only this many weeks left in the season.’

“You don’t want it to end. When you’re in seventh grade, you’re like, ‘Yeah, I have five more seasons.’ But then, it’s the end. This is my last home meet … everything is my last. It’s kind of sad.”

Fortunately for Folio, there is still time to make a few more memories before her Holy Trinity cross country career is over.

The senior, who ran 700 miles this summer in preparation for her final season, is the No. 1 ranked runner in Class 1A and has a young, talented group behind her.

Eighth-graders Brooke Sibiter and Alexa Baker, freshman Amelia Anello, sophomore Sasha Wiechecki Vergara and seniors Abby McHenry, Mackenzie Wills and Claire Layton all have varsity running experience.

If the group can get its times closer to Folio’s, the Tigers have a chance to do even better than their No. 8 state ranking.

“We have enough talent to be a top five team,” Baker said. “We just have to perform a little bit better. We have to close the gap between Samantha and the rest of the team. We have several girls that have run a lot faster than they’ve run so far this season.

“We just have to get better as the season goes on. We’ve really worked more on endurance this year than in the past, so we’re just now starting to change the training. It’s going to start taking effect real soon and times are going to start dropping.”