FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR | Infeld Sets Pace for Hoyas
Published: Thursday, May 17, 2012
Updated: Thursday, May 17, 2012 20:05
Infeld will continue competing throughout May and into June, as the preliminary events for the outdoor national championship take place this week. But the national championship, which begins June 6, will not be Infeld’s last, since she is still training with the track team for next season.
And aside from her work next year in the School of Continuing Studies, Infeld has set more goals for herself as a runner.
“I want to just keep improving and focusing on my times,” Infeld said. “It’ll be a good experience to run at trials, and hopefully that’ll help me next year to improve my times and jump to another level.”
Infeld leaves the cross country program having led her team to a national championship, though she added that the team’s success came not from her individual performance but from the team’s cohesiveness.
“I feel like cross [country] is such a team sport,” Infeld said. “It’s exciting, and there can be so many ups and downs within the season. I just wanted to set a good example in that regard.”
The year has not been completely smooth for Infeld, but her biggest strength has been responding to the adversity that would have derailed athletes with less mental fortitude.
“I ran through so many different emotions,” Infeld said. “Our team winning [the] cross [country national championship] was so exciting. But then I felt a little more pressured, and I just had to remember that this is what I love to do. I run because I love to run.”