11/6/2013 10:12:00 AM Emi Trost is a state champion!
by Mike Dalton
The fifth time was the charm for Cannon Falls senior Emi Trost, who won the girls state class "A" cross country meet Saturday. It was Trost's fifth consecutive appearance; she placed 2nd the previous two years.
Her time of 14:40.3 was a full ten seconds better than runner-up Mary Naas of St. Paul Academy. "The race went as well as I wanted. My time wasn't as good but I did what I needed to do," Trost said.
Despite her large margin of victory, Trost never stopped running hard, and needed medical attention after the race. "I push my hardest at the end, and I never hold back; I always give it my all," she said.
"Emi didn't know much about running back in 8th grade. Her talent alone won most meets. As she grew older her knowledge of the 4K increased and her desire to win had a purpose. She won the conference four years in a row, and the section three years in row. She placed 25,10, 2, 2, 1 in the last 5 years respectively at state," coach Ben Schopp said.
"Every day Emi trained, she added sticks to the fire for fuel. On Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. she lit the match.
"Emi, and the rest of the team wrote their goals for the season. Hers were to work hard and have fun. She knows that running for fun and pushing herself to the limit...well... the winning and losing will take of itself.
"Emi is a great runner, but more importantly a great person. She was more concerned about losing the big race and letting her teammates and those who love her down than losing the race for herself.
"I observed her at the end of the section meet when we were standing around at camp waiting for the awards to start; when two young CC runners from Pine Island came up to her and asked if she would sign their shoes. She did and as she turned around she picked up four or five pieces of paper and told the team to head up to the awards area. That's the character behind the great athlete.
"I learned from my predecessor Mr. Matasich years ago. He would tell me when you get a great runner they are easy to coach ~ just don't do something stupid that will get them hurt. That was my greatest fear this year over training her and getting her injured. Clare Flannigan from Blake was injured early in the season; she won the state meet the last two years. Blake moved to 2A. So, I really just wanted Emi to run around in the parking lot and call it a day."
The workhorse has one big meet left this falls, the Nike Regional on Sunday in Sioux Falls. After that, she'll switch into her off-season regimen, then get ready for the spring track season.
And after that? Well, Trost isn't telling. She's got her college picked out, but won't make the announcement until spring signing season.