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Talking Track with Rachel: Abby Steiner & Jase Headings

Talking Track with Rachel: Abby Steiner & Jase Headings

As the indoor track season comes to its peak, CRC's Rachel Weber catches up with Dublin Coffman's Abby Steiner (sprints) & Jonathan Alder's Jase Headings (mid-distance). Good luck to everyone racing at the indoor state meet this week!

The State Record Setting Sprinter: Abby Steiner

 

Senior Abby Steiner has completely rewritten the Coffman record books—and the state meet record books. The star sprinter tells us about setting the state meet record in the 200m & why she's known as Pumpkin. 

CRC: What is your goal for the upcoming state meet?

Abby: My goal for the upcoming indoor state meet is to win and PR in both the 60m dash and the 200m dash and re-set the state records in those. Another goal of mine is to just sit back and have fun at this meet since it’s my last high school indoor state championship meet. I want to go into it with a good attitude to make my races count and just soak it all in.

CRC: What is one of your favorite track and field memories?

Abby: My favorite track and field memory was winning the 200m dash and setting the state record at the outdoor state championship last June. It had been a long season for me since I was returning from my ACL injury and in those races I finally felt like myself again and re-found my love for the sport. I had a lot of my family and friends there, and it was a special moment for me.

CRC: What is something that is a silly tradition that you and your teammates have?

Abby: We don’t have a pre-race tradition, but whenever we all do well at a meet we go out to eat a bunch of junk food (specifically milkshakes and burgers) to reward ourselves for doing well!

CRC: What is your favorite pump up song to listen to before a meet?

Abby: I don’t have a single pump up song that I listen to, but I listen to a lot of Migos, Kanye, Kodak Black, etc. It just depends on my mood for the day or for the meet!

CRC: Do you have any favorite nicknames that your teammates call you?

Abby: This nickname is actually from soccer, but I got the nickname “Pumpkin” when I younger and it has stuck ever since. I showed up to practice in a orange shirt and was missing my two front teeth and a coach called me pumpkin the entire practice so my team caught on as well.

CRC: How did you get started with track?

Abby: This one is actually a funny story! I wanted to run track in seventh grade because a lot of my friends were running and I wanted to try and see what it was like. Since I was playing club soccer year round, my mom didn’t want me to run to avoid injury and she wouldn’t let me run that year. After a lot of back and forth discussions with her about running it in eighth grade, she finally agreed to let me try it and I’ve loved it ever since.

 

The Breakthrough Mid-Distance Sensation: Jase Headings  

Jonathan Alder star senior Jase Headings is preparing to run the 800m and 4x800m at the state meet. Learn what makes the former football player tear it up on the track these days. 

CRC: What is your goal for the upcoming state meet?

Jase: My goal, like most runners, is to win. With my improvement over the past year and the closeness of all the top runners in Division 2/3, it could be anyone’s race. This close gap is the case for both of the events I’ll be running in. The 4x800 relay will be a tight race, with the top five teams all within three seconds of one another. Later that day I’ll also be running in the open 800, where I’ll pour everything else I have left.

CRC: What is one of your favorite track and field memories?

Jase: One of my favorite memories is actually from cross country last year when my team qualified for states. It was my first year so if felt really good to be a part of something so special.

CRC: What is something that is a silly tradition that you and your teammates have?

Jase: A tradition that my team participates in is something called motivational Fridays where we gather in my coach’s classroom to watch a motivational video, some of which are made by my coach.

CRC: What is your favorite pump up song to listen to before a meet?

Jase: At the moment, I’m really into Daft Punk. The album they made for Tron: Legacy is very good, but I’d have to say that Harder Better Faster Stronger is my current favorite. Another thing I like to do before races is watch one of the motivational videos that my coach makes.

CRC: Do you have any favorite nicknames that your teammates call you?

Jase: No particular nicknames, but we have plenty of inside jokes that are probably better left unsaid. Over the cross country season, I grew really close with my teammates and that’s a bond that I hope will never break.

CRC: How did you get started with track?

Jase: My track career started in 7th grade, but I wasn’t “all-in” until halfway through my sophomore year season. Ever since Creps took over the head coach spot, my life has completely changed. Being a football player, I couldn’t do cross country. After lots of persuasion, I traded in the helmet and shoulder pads for short shorts and spikes. Cross country went well, ending at states, and the indoor season has been great so far. I can’t wait to conclude my high school track career this spring.

 

About Rachel Weber: Rachel ran locally for Dublin Coffman and then for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Her personal bests are 1:28.11 (600m), 2:02.67 (800m), 4:21 (1500m), 4:47 (road mile), 16:29 (5k). She was a 2017 indoor track Second Team All American and outdoor track Second Team All American for Ohio State in the 800m. She has qualified for USATF outdoor nationals in the 800m (2017) and USATF indoor nationals in the 800m (2018). She is a two-time Big Ten meet runner-up and a Fellowship of Christian Athletes Female Athlete of the Year. Her long-term goals are to test her strength at the 1500m and to be a national champion. (Dream big!) She is coached by three-time USATF national champion Rob Myers, a fellow OSU alum and former member of Team USA at the IAAF World Track Championships. 

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