One On One With Alicia Follmar

Feb. 2, 2009

Stanford senior Alicia Follmar got her final track season on The Farm off to a rousing start last weekend at the UW Invitational. Follmar gained the NCAA automatic standard in the 3,000 meters as well as helping the Stanford distance medley acheive the standard as well. The two-time All-American for the Cardinal has put herself in position to add to her honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March. Follmar took some time to talk to gostanford.com.

Describe your outstanding performance this past weekend in Seattle.

On Friday night we ran a DMR. I led off with a 1,200, handed to Idara Otu who ran one of her best 400 legs ever, and then Maria Lattanzi ran an 800, handling the pressure well as a freshman, and finally Lauren Centrowitz anchored us with a huge 1,600 leg. We finished up in third place, but we got what we were looking for in the automatic national meet qualifier. On Saturday I ran my first ever 3K, and it went better than expected. I just barely got the automatic qualifier for that event. Luckily I had two teammates, Lauren (Centrowitz) and Laurynne Chetelat, to work with during the race.

What are your thoughts on the DMR team's performance?

It is really good to know that our fitness is coming along well at this point in the season as our times indicate. We still have a ways to go, but the performances this weekend tell us that we are on the right track. So right now I am just really optimistic about our DMR's and my individual chances of having a very successful season. It's also nice to get a couple of national qualifiers out of the way early on so that we can focus on training for nationals.

How do you prepare yourself before a big race?

I play the race through in my head to make sure that I know what I want to be doing at each point in the race. Even if I don't know exactly how the tactics will play out, I like to make sure that I am conscious beforehand of the key points in the race. Lately I have had Lauren as a roomate before the races, so we get eachother pumped up by listening to music in the hotel before the race. I always have to pick out the songs though.

What is your role on the track/cross country team? events, leadership?

The team is pretty young, especially with a big freshman class. I try to lead by example as much as possible and help out my teammates if they have questions about classes, running, or anything else. I am one of the few people on the team with a car so if we have a team event off campus I am usually help to organize rides.

What is one of your favorite memories as a Stanford student?

During our preseason camp at Mammoth, a few of us wanted to wake up early and hike up to Mammoth rock to watch the sun rise- we had heard that it's a great experience. It was so dark and early, though that we missed the right trail and started climbing straight up the face of a cliff. We didn't want to turn back, but it was getting scarrier and scarrier until we decided that we were stuck and seriously considered our chances of getting helicopters to save us. I don't know about the others, but I was very frightened. We were clinging to the cliff for awhile, and luckily we figured out how to make it back safely without the helicopters.

What is your year, major and what do you hope to do next year?

I am a senior human biology major. Next year I will be at Harvard Dental school.

What are your personal season goals? Team goals?

It would be nice to score as many points as I can at nationals to help the team standings. I just want to keep getting better in my last year of running and have some fun while I'm at it.

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