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Keeping pace with Sarah Dillistin

photoPotomac Falls junior Sarah Dillistin, who placed 13th at the Virginia AA state meet last year, is aiming for another strong season for her and the Panthers.—Times-Mirror Photo/Jonathan Taylor

Potomac Falls High School junior Sarah Dillistin enjoyed a breakout cross-country season last year. After crossing the finish line first in the Dulles District meet, Dillistin placed third in the region and 13th in the state.

In addition to her noteworthy cross-country season, Dillistin went on to compete in varsity gymnastics and varsity track and field for the Panthers. She qualified for the state track meet in both the 3,200-meter run and the 3,200-meter relay.

While Dillistin is unsure whether or not she wants to run in college, she does know she wants to finish up her high school athletic career strong.

We caught up with Sarah Dillistin prior to a recent practice to ask her an array of questions.

What is your favorite subject in school?

My favorite subject is English just because I really like to write. That’s why I’m doing yearbook; I just really like to write.

What is your dream vacation spot?

Probably to Greece, just because it’s really pretty and after watching “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” where they went to Greece, I thought it looked pretty and have always wanted to go there.

How did you get started running?

I played soccer for eight years and played midfield so I knew I was okay at running. My sister’s friend Natalie Wright, she used to run cross-country and she told me it was really fun and she had a great time doing it. So she told me I should try it, so I just tried it my freshman year. I ended up not playing soccer and running track in the spring.

What are you listening to on your iPod?

Country music. Any kind of country music, even the really annoying kinds that most people hate.

What’s your favorite sports team?

I don’t really watch sports that much but when I do it’s probably football because I have two brothers and my dad. The [Buffalo] Bills are their favorite team, so I kind of just like them because everyone else does.

Who is one person you would most like to meet?

I would want to meet Carrie Underwood. She’s my all-time favorite singer.

What is your most memorable moment as an athlete?

Definitely at regionals last year. Our whole team did so well; we got first place. It was really exciting. After districts, I thought that was going to be our happiest day in cross-country but after regionals it was so much better because we weren’t expecting it.

What is the last movie you saw?

I’m pretty sure it was the Hunger Games. I’ve seen that movie over 15 times now and I’ve read the series. It’s so good. I saw the movie first and then I read the books and I thought, “these are pretty amazing.”

Which athlete do you admire the most?

I would say Lance Armstrong but after all that, no. I think maybe Ryan Lochte. Since he was in Phelps’ shadow he decided to start training and it just seemed really cool, how he wanted it so much.

What’s your favorite meal?

Pasta and rice and bread. I like rice with soy sauce; that’s good. And then some pasta with marinara sauce and meat sauce; that’s pretty good too.

What teammate do you most admire?

I think I’m going to go with [Class of 2012 graduate] Katie Palmer. Last cross-country season, when she was running on a course, she fell and had to get stitches in her knee. But she didn’t make a big deal out of it at all. She kept saying it’s fine, it’s fine. She finished running, got stitches and kept running after that. She’s just really tough.

What’s your dream finish to the season?

For individual, top 15 or top 10 in states. But I think it would be awesome if our team won states. That would be a dream. I think we have a really good team this year. I think we can go to states, but I don’t know how the other teams are this year so I can’t judge. I just hope we’re as good as we can be.

-All photos by Jonathan Taylor


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