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Grand Valley’s Krieg picks Tulsa

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
contributed photoGrand Valley senior Brandi Krieg signs her letter of intent to attend the University of Tulsa in Parachute last week. Krieg, center, is flanked by her parents, Diane and Andy. In the background is Grand Valley cross country coach Kim Whelan and Dave Walck, the school's activities director.
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Distance running ignites Brandi Krieg’s competitive fire like nothing else.

From the time she first went out for track and field back in the seventh grade, she’s relentlessly tested her legs and lungs in the name of competition.

“I basically did track because my sister ran,” the Grand Valley High School senior said. “I thought, ‘I guess I’ll try.’ After that, I really liked it. I just kind of kept going. I liked the competition part.”

Bound for the University of Tulsa, Krieg will soon have the chance to satiate her appetite for competition at the highest level. She recently inked her letter of intent to study and run track and cross country at the Division I Oklahoma school.

“I really liked the coach and the team,” said Krieg, who was also considering the University of Hawaii. “I felt like it would be a good fit for me.”

Generous athletic and academic scholarships also figured into the decision.

Krieg brings quite the resume to Tulsa.

She’s a three-time state qualifier in both track and cross country who hopes to add a fourth state trip in the former this spring. She’s finished as high as fourth at state competitions, and has regularly placed in the top 10.

Krieg hopes her best is yet to come on the track oval.

“I’m really hoping to have a shot at a state title this year,” she said, “but I won’t know for sure until our first meet.”

Grand Valley opens its season with Saturday’s Delta Invitational. Krieg hopes it’ll be the start of a special senior season.

“I feel like I’ve really come a long way,” she said. “Last year was kind of a down point for me. This year, I feel like I really have a chance to go out with a bang.”

Krieg’s certainly put in the work. She elevated the intensity of her training regimen last summer, linking up with Team Prep USA and attending camps in Colorado and Florida.

The camps were an eye-opener, she said.

“I feel like it’s helped me a lot with stuff I didn’t really know before,” Krieg explained. “It helped me stay motivated. It’s definitely hard to keep running a lot by yourself. It kind of showed me that there are people everywhere running this much and that I’m not alone.”

And Krieg won’t be alone at Tulsa, where she’ll be surrounded by like-minded competitors.

“Everyone on the team is going to be as competitive and excited about the sport as I am,” she said. “Just having that atmosphere will help me.”

jcaspersen@postindependent.com


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