Indoor track’s Emma Kelley: The undefeated triplet leading Division III – Student Life

Sophomore Emma Kelley has not lost this season, winning eight consecutive track heats in races ranging from 400 to 800 meters. She has set a personal record at the last meets, running 2:10 in her season opener in the 800 meter. She currently leads Division III in the 800 and is third in the 400. The triplet sat down with Student Life to discuss her winning streak, her introduction to track and watching Euphoria. 

This interview has been edited slightly for length and clarity

SL: First, tell me about your introduction to running. Did you start with another sport, or did you always prioritize track?

EK: So I started running freshman year of high school with cross country. I was really not very good at it at all — I was actually pretty bad. But then I got better throughout the season, and then in track in the spring, I found out that I was actually pretty good at it. It became my main sport, and I just ran cross country to stay in shape throughout high school. 

SL: So what made WashU stand out, out of the places you looked at?

EK: I live in St. Louis, and I didn’t think that I wanted to stay here. But I reached out to the head coach, and once I realized that I could run here, I got a bit more interested. I went on a visit, and I realized that I actually really liked it. I decided that if I got in, I might go here! 

SL: Talk to me about your first track season — WashU just has such a strong mid-distance contingent right now. So talk to me about how helpful it is to have your teammates pushing you along in practice. 

EK: Yeah, it’s actually been really great because in high school, I was our only varsity 800 meter runner. So coming here and being with two other girls all of last season, we practically always went 1-2-3 in every race. It was great to be able to push each other in workouts and then in meets; one of us would be first one week, and then the other would be first the next. That was fun, just switching back and forth, and definitely helpful. 

SL: And you got to attend your first NCAA Outdoor Nationals, where you competed in the 800 and 4×400 relay. So how was that experience for you? 

EK: It was definitely very exciting. I had already run at that track in high school for my club team in the summer, and I wasn’t very happy with that performance there, so it was definitely nice to be able to go again. It was a super exciting experience, and I was definitely very nervous for my first college nationals. It was definitely a good learning experience. It didn’t go exactly how we’d hoped — we were super close in the 4×400 and similarly in the 800, but we were also definitely excited, learned a lot, and can apply it to this season next year. 

SL: So you don’t run cross country in the fall. What does the fall look like for you in terms of training?

EK: We do fall training, and basically it looks very similar to our training right now except less intense. We’ll …….

Source: https://www.studlife.com/sports/2022/02/01/track-field-emma-kelley-washu/

Sophomore Emma Kelley has not lost this season, winning eight consecutive track heats in races ranging from 400 to 800 meters. She has set a personal record at the last meets, running 2:10 in her season opener in the 800 meter. She currently leads Division III in the 800 and is third in the 400. The triplet sat down with Student Life to discuss her winning streak, her introduction to track and watching Euphoria. 

This interview has been edited slightly for length and clarity. 

SL: First, tell me about your introduction to running. Did you start with another sport, or did you always prioritize track?

EK: So I started running freshman year of high school with cross c…….

Sophomore Emma Kelley has not lost this season, winning eight consecutive track heats in races ranging from 400 to 800 meters. She has set a personal record at the last meets, running 2:10 in her season opener in the 800 meter. She currently leads Division III in the 800 and is third in the 400. The triplet sat down with Student Life to discuss her winning streak, her introduction to track and watching Euphoria. 

This interview has been edited slightly for length and clarity. 

SL: First, tell me about your introduction to running. Did you start with another sport, or did you always prioritize track?

EK: So I started running freshman year of high school with cross c…….

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