Every Monday night for the rest of the high school year, our sports staff will name a Sentinel Athlete of the Week featuring one area athlete who stood out in competition.
This week we select Northern track runner Marlee Starliper. During the District 3 Track & Field Championships Friday and Saturday, the freshman took home more than a couple of gold medals.
Aside from nabbing first in the Class 3A 1600 on Saturday with a 4:52.80, Starliper ran a 10:31.09 in the Class 3A 3200 on Friday which turned out to be the third fastest in District 3 history — beat out by only Mechanicsburg’s Lois Brommer in 1981 (10:22.33) and Cumberland Valley’s Mady Clahane in 2015 (10:24.83).
Q: What are your keys to success as a track runner?
A: I just try to take care of the little things and just try and work hard and do my best. I learned to push myself to see what my limits are and I try and push past those limits.
Q: What hobbies do you have outside of your sport?
A: I play guitar and I’ve always just loved practicing and learning new songs. It’s one of my other very important passions.
Q: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
A: Well, it’s between two different jobs — I’m not entirely sure yet. It would be awesome to be a coach or a trainer. I’d like to help somebody run as an athlete. But, I’d also like to be a musician or a music producer. It’s between those two jobs, and like I said, I’m not entirely sure what I’d like to do yet.
Q: Who inspires you the most in life?
A: I would have to say my parents. They’re so supportive of me and just believe in me — usually more than I believe in myself (laughs).
Q: You had a historic run at districts. Was there anything memorable that happened to you? What were your immediate feelings after winning the 3200?
A: Well, nothing funny or memorable happened that I can remember — nothing really stood out to me. I was just taking naps every second I got.
I was just amazed, it was a literal dream come true. I found out later just how far ahead I was, but I was just amazed and so thankful. I discovered how hard I could push myself and how much I can accomplish (knowing what I did in that run).