Wednesday Sep 09 2009
Granite Bay runner sprinting toward Nationals
By: Susan Belknap Press Tribune editor
Although she?s only been running competively for one year, Clare Carroll is one to watch. The Granite Bay resident recently earned All American honors in two events in the youth girls division at the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships in Greensboro, N.C. ?Clare runs about a 5 ½ minute mile,? said her father Paul Carroll. Her running coach, Roosevelt Kent, said he?s impressed with Clare?s work on the track. ?Clare is one who has talent and a good attitude,? Kent said. ?With all of the hard work she puts in, and her mental toughness, it will take her to the top level. She?s making her mark out there.? This time of year Clare is a member of the RPAL Express, a track club that is part of the Pacific Association of the USA Track and Field. In addition, Clare is a member of the cross-country team at Cavitt Junior High School. Last year Clare won all her school meets, setting course records as a seventh-grader, according to her father. ?My goal right now is to compete in the Cross Country National Championships that will be held in Reno in December,? Clare said. ?I really like to run.? Clare knew she enjoyed running since being involved playing soccer since she was 5 years old. For the last four years Clare has played competitive soccer for the Boca Jrs. ?95 club. According to Clare?s dad, the Bocas are considered one of the top eight teams in Northern California. ?Clare plays midfield and defender, depending on where her coaches need her,? Paul said. But running and playing soccer aren?t the only sports in which Clare excels. She began skiing when she was 3 years old and ski racing at 6. Clare is a member of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team where she has consistently been one of the top racers in the Far West league. Last year she was seventh place overall in the season-long standings despite missing 2/3 of the season because of a broken collarbone she suffered on the soccer field. This school year Clare will train at the Ski Academy at Tahoe for part of the year where she will ski six days a week during the morning hours and be in school in the afternoons. ?Clare has always been focused,? Paul said. ?When she was 2-3 years old I remember she would put together a 200-piece puzzle.? When asked which sport she enjoys the most, Clare said she ?likes whichever one I?m doing at the time.? Keeping involved in at least one sport year round is part of another one of Clare?s goals, which is to be able to someday compete in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. Her experience at the Junior Olympics this past summer helped her to see how tough the competition can be. ?It was a good experience to be back there,? Clare said. ?It was nerve-wracking but good to see competitors from all over the country.? When she?s not competing, Clare said she enjoys time volunteering with her mother, Kim, in National Charity League, a mother/daughter organization.