Pain not a problem for Grand Valley’s Krieg
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Pain is a given in cross country, but Grand Valley’s Brandi Krieg had a little more pain than usual to contend with during Saturday’s state meet in Aurora.
And it really didn’t slow her down all that much.
Tackling a hilly, 3.1-mile course at Arapahoe County Fairgrounds in Aurora with a painful leg injury, Krieg still managed a fourth-place finish in the 3A girls race – her best state showing in three trips.
“I was able to ignore it,” Krieg said of the pain. “The course was really tough, so I was feeling pain everywhere anyway.”
The senior clocked in at 19 minutes, 59 seconds for her third consecutive top-10 finish at state. Krieg finished sixth as a junior and 10th as a sophomore. She didn’t go out for cross country her freshman year.
Krieg closed out her cross country career on a brutal course.
“It was definitely not easy,” she said. “There was one particular hill that we ran up twice. That was not fun. It’s a course that you just try to figure out who’s going to be the toughest and you’ve got to be strong and get through it.”
For the most part, Krieg is pleased with how the day played out.
“I really wanted to win a state title this year,” she said. “Then this whole thing kind of went down. I could have done it, but it would have taken a lot. I’m content, I guess. It’s kind of bittersweet.”
Krieg’s been battling tendonitis on the inside of her calf for about five weeks now. It forced her to sit out a number of races during the regular season.
“It’s kind of actually been a long-term thing,” she said. “It just finally started getting really bad. I’ve got to do some cross-training to get some of the strength back. … It has not been very nice to me. I’ve just been kind of trying to deal with it and get through it the best I can.”
Krieg has a few months to heal before the track and field season begins. She’s a three-time state qualifier in both the 1,600-meter run and 3,200. She has also qualified in the 400 and 800.
“I’ll probably rest and then start cross-training for a while,” Krieg said. “Then, hopefully, I can get back to running.”
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