FRIDAY, JANUARY 22ND, 2021

Julia Asin, a senior on the track team, runs a variety of races. She describes her experience on the team and gives advice to aspiring runners.

The Campanile: What events do you run?

Julia Asin: I run the 400 mostly and I also run the 200, 4×100, and the 4×400.

TC: Would you say the 400 is your favorite event?

JA: I would say I have a love-hate relationship with the 400 because it’s the event I’m best at but it’s also horrible and painful and disgusting.

TC: That sounds awful. What are your goals for this season?

JA: Last season my main goal was to break 60 seconds, which I did. I just wanted to run below 60 seconds again [this season], which I did at the Gunn meet. So now my goal this season is to consistently run under 60 [seconds] and maybe break 59 [seconds].

TC: You’re doing the 4×100 this year. That’s new, right?

JA: Yes, it is new. It’s super fun and we have this group chat.

TC: Who’s in this group chat?

JA: There’s Cat [Yu], Anna [Dukovic], and Marion [Sellier].

TC: Who’s your favorite person on the 4×100?

JA: I would say they’re all unique and nice and fun in their own ways.

TC: How do you feel being a senior on the track team?

JA: Being a senior on track is what I have always looked forward to. It’s fun and you’re older than everyone.

TC: So you’re a captain this season. Do you feel like you have a lot more responsibilities?

JA: This year we’re going to try to change up the warm ups since we didn’t really have a team warm up last year. Being a captain is really fun.

TC: Why do you think you’re athlete of the month?

JA: I don’t know! Well, I’ve been running four events at every single meet. I run two 400s at every meet and for those of you who don’t know the 400, it’s horrible.

TC: Do you think that’s worse than running the mile, the 800 and the two mile all in one meet?

JA: Yeah. Yeah. I ran cross country my sophomore year and the 400 is definitely worse. But I admire long distance.

TC:  How would you describe the transition from the [Jason] Fung Era to the [Kelsey] Feeley Era?

JA: Obviously Fung has a lot of years of track experience. What’s great about Kelsey is that she used to be a middle distance runner so she knows a lot about the 800 and the 400 and she really helps me out.

TC: Do you have a pre-meet routine?

JA: When I was a sophomore I was actually ridiculous and I had to wear the same exact sweatshirt and shorts to warm up, and I used to have to eat the same exact salad from Trader Joe’s. But now I usually just get a healthy salad from Calafia and drink lots and lots of water and I’m good to go.

TC: What’s your advice for a runner aspiring to become the next Julia Asin?

JA: I guess you mean good at the 400?

TC: No. The next Julia Asin.

JA: Oh. Stay in school. Keep it real.

TC: Do you have any last words?

JA: Cat and Sarah are my favorite people in track.

About The Author

Senior Staff Writer

Sarah Wang is a senior at Palo Alto High School and has been writing for The Campanile for one very long year. She is particularly known for her borderline inappropriate affection for cats and extensive sleep hours. In her free time, she enjoys spooning her cat, watching Veep and eating Hot Cheetos (but only on Fridays because she has some self control). Wang looks forward to being the best senior staff writer this publication has ever seen.

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