Kole Mathison, junior and varsity cross-country runner, breaks school 5K record

Maggie Meyer

Kole Mathison, junior and varsity cross-country runner, runs in the Eagle Classic on Sept. 11. Mathison broke the school 5K record at the FlashRock Invite on Sept. 18 with a time of 14:52.1. (Olivia McKee)

Did you go into the race knowing you wanted to break the CHS record?

I did not think I was going to run a fast time at all. I did not think I was going to (get a) personal record, because it was a very hot and humid morning and it is a tough course as well. I really was not expecting it but I think the competition was there and so (my performance) formed into the school record.

Have you done any special training to make it to where you are now?

I have followed the training of whatever coaches I have gone through. Through middle school and through high school, I have followed whatever training they want to give me. I have also picked up on training as well as at places like St. Vincent’s Sports Performance and I have also worked with the strength and conditioning coach at Butler University.

Does breaking the record change your outlook on running?

Yes, I think breaking the record definitely gives me a boost of confidence. I can run those faster times and so I think I will definitely try to push myself to lower the record that much more in the coming races. I still have another year of high school so we will see what happens.

What long term goals do you foresee?

I definitely think I want to pursue running at a D1 college and I have talked to a couple colleges so far. (After) college, I think I definitely want to pursue running professionally if I am able. Also, a goal of mine is to qualify for the 2024 Olympic trials.

What challenges have you faced in your running career and how did you overcome them?

In middle school I did not have a lot of people around me to run with and I really love the social aspect of running and so not having that in middle school did not put me in the greatest of mindsets. I think having those people around you that you can socialize with is huge and really helps you to perform to the best of your abilities. Getting through that was good, and high school is a totally different experience than middle school. It has been really fun to have other people around me that have the same passion.