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“Winter and [early] spring has been pretty tough,” Bertoli admitted, “but I trusted coach Walsh. I knew he’d have me back in time [for the end of the season], and all that work will help me [in the future].”
“He’s had a lot less pounding on his body [by staying off his feet the past few months],” Walsh noted. “We’re going to keep the cross-training going, add more mileage É the sky is the limit.”
“We were figuring out what works for me and what didn’t,” Bertoli said. “Now if I stay healthy and train smart É I’m looking forward to the whole thing [in my senior year]. It’ll be a fun ride.”
Both athletes are still competing this weekend, Bertoli at the New Balance Nationals in North Carolina, where he’ll run 5,000 meters, and Goatee at Fort Wayne for the Midwest Meet of Champions, where she’ll be part of the Indiana 3,200-meter relay team.
Her next destination is Vincennes University.
“I’m going to Vincennes with a better attitude,” she promised. “Vincennes is going to be a reality check É it’s quite scary, actually.”
After admitting to a wait-until-next-year attitude in previous seasons, she’s also passing along advice to her younger teammates.
“I tell them to think of every year as your last,” she said, “because you don’t know how many years you do have.”
n Other winners – Although Bertoli and Goatee have been chosen as best of the best, they’ll share track and field honors with some other athletes.
Bertoli, fourth in the Indiana state meet in the 3,200, is joined by Robinson runner Blake Hale and Casey pole vaulters Josh Blome and Riley Smith, all of whom had top-three finishes at the Illinois Class A championships.