When looking at Kerris Roberts MileSplit profile from the 2017 track season, the page is flooded with 1st place finishes. In fact, Roberts went undefeated in both the 100 and 200 throughout her sophomore season. She returns this year for Waterloo East as a junior and will most definitely be the favorite to defend her Drake Relays and Iowa State High School Championships titles. Read on to find out how she has been preparing for this season and the goals she has set for this year. Plus check out an interview with Kerris after her 200M win at State last year.
Because I play basketball during the winter I don't participate in a whole lot of winter training. I try to really focus in and give my all to whichever sport I'm participating in at the time. I owe it to my teammates and coaches to be dialed in.
What does a typical week of training look like for you?
Say we have a meet on Tuesday. We'll have a pre meet practice on Monday with a hard but not overly hard work out especially designed to help us with whatever we'll be running the next day. We'll more than likely lift after practice as well. Wednesday we'll have a sort of "day after" practice where we recover from the night before and the work out won't be as intense, say a few repeat 200's with some technique stuff or something like that. Thursday is the day that'll kill us. What we do varies but this is definitely the hardest day of the week. Friday's will sometimes be a repeat of the day before only not quite as bad. Every once in a while if we're lucky we jog to the nearest Dairy Queen for a treat after practice. We lift at least 2-3 times a week and do little things like core and leg strength building every day.
You're coming in as one of the top ranked individuals in many of the shorter events.. does that pressure motivate you or scare you?
Once you've felt what it's like to win especially at the state level you know that that's a feeling you don't want to lose. If you want to continuously have that feeling then you know have to work hard. Not only that but just knowing that this isn't just an individual sport, that there's a team depending on me to work hard and try my best.
When did you begin competing in track and what made you interested in it?
I ran in middle school mostly just to do something. I'm honestly not sure what made me interested haha.
What are your hopes for the rest of your running career?