Carollin Mellin

School: Ottumwa.

Class: Senior.

Sport: Cross-country.

Other activities: Swimming, synchronized swimming, track, show choir, choir, student council, torch club, best buddies and the philanthropy club. I’m also the class vice president and I used to play basketball.

Parents: Cyndi and Mike Mellin.

Favorite television show: Friends.

Favorite actor: Brad Pitt.

Favorite professional team: Denver Broncos.

Favorite college team: Iowa State Cyclones.

Favorite athlete: Emma Coburn.

Favorite food: Pasta.

Favorite restaurant: Olive Garden.

Favorite vacation spot: Paris.

Biggest academic accomplishment: Maintaining my 4.0 GPA.

Biggest influence: My mom. She guides me through everything and helps me with all my activities.

When did you first get interested in running: I ran my first race, the one-mile city fun run, when I was in third grade.

What do you like most about running: It’s my escape. Anytime I’m feeling stressed, I can go for a run and clear my mind. It helps me work through stuff. I’ve also used it to get really close with friends. My sister runs. My dad runs. It’s an easy thing to go do together.

What do you to do to get ready to run: If I’m feeling nervous, I think all the good workouts our coaches have put us through and all the good work we’ve done in practices. It reminds me that I’m ready and I can do this. I also talk to my sister a lot before I run. She’s right there, she knows me and I can confide in her.

Personal goals: To have another great season. My end goal is to run in college.

Future plans: I’ve talked to a few coaches about running somewhere, but I haven’t settled on which college to attend. I also think I want to go into the medical field, either in biology, chemistry or pre-dental.

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