MileSplit Fast Four: A weekly glimpse at four of our nation's best

MileSplit Fast Four: A weekly glimpse at four of our nation's best

Each week here at MileSplit we will be giving you a quick look at four of the nation's best runners in our new feature called MileSplit Fast Four. Featured this week are Sarah Andrews (TX), Chris Schwartz (CA), Melanie Thompson (NJ) and Andrew Colley (VA).



Sarah Andrews

Jr., The Woodlands H.S. (MileSplit US #8)

The Woodlands, TX

Highlights: This season Andrews (MS #3 South) has raced to invitational wins at the Friday Night Lights Invitational, Montgomery Moonlight Madness, Woodbridge (CA) Invitational (3.0 miles), where she ran 16:12, and the Nike South Classic (course record 17:07) … Rebounded from a fall and disappointing 18th place finish at the 2007 Texas State Cross Country meet, going undefeated on the track at 3200 meters last spring, including a state title … Has helped The Woodlands to three consecutive district cross country titles … Comes from a family of athletes, her sister Hilary runs for Baylor (Andrews pictured right in photo by Alex Aldaco)

Coach (Noel Hansen) says:
“She really enjoys running. She enjoys the process of training. She doesn’t mind putting in the time to do all the little things you have to do to be a great runner. She’s very disciplined. You know how a lot of kids, they want to win, they like the adulation, I think she actually enjoys running.”

Andrews says:
“I love [running]. It’s an awesome sport and I’ve been blessed this past season with being healthy and with such a supportive family. I love the people that are involved in cross country. You meet so many people, other athletes that love to run. I think it’s just a satisfying sport.”

Summer mileage (max):

Weekly mileage: 40

Training shoes: Asics 2130

Race day superstitions: “Nothing crazy.”

Favorite movie:
Remember the Titans