KINGMAN – Holly Tsosie knew at a young age that she wanted to run.
Tsosie, a member of the Kingman High School track team, had her heart set on joining the cross country team in fourth grade, but she was too young.
That didn’t stop Tsosie from training with her mother for the next couple of years, so she could reach her goal.
“Finally in sixth grade I joined my first cross country team,” Tsosie said. “That’s where I got most of my confidence and motivation to run track and field and cross country.”
Tsosie didn’t stop there and it has paid off, highlighted by her sweeping the 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs Wednesday at the Snowflake Last Chance Invitational.
Her distance coach, William Kern, wasn’t surprised by this accomplishment as Tsosie has built her endurance with training.
He also mentioned she’s training harder for her state run, where she has qualified in three events.
“Coach Kern has helped me, he’s been training me and giving me all these workouts,” Tsosie said. “He helped me learn to endure and that’s how I can run even more events. He’s mentally gotten me stronger than I was before.”
Tsosie ran a 2:26.41 in the 800 Wednesday to automatically qualify for state and then tallied a 5:34.97 in the 1,600 and maintained her No. 15 position in the 3,200 at 12:27.16.
“Throughout all the training, I’ve obviously been getting stronger and been improving a lot more,” Tsosie said. “This year I’ve fixed a whole bunch of things that I’ve been doing wrong in the past.”
Her work isn’t done yet though as the AIA Division III Championship is May 5 at Mesa Community College. Tsosie isn’t backing down though, as she is ready to compete against the best in the state.
“I feel I have a long ways to go and I am up for the challenge, academically and athletically,” she said. “State is special and I am mentally ready and feel the right athletes deserve to be there.”