Striding for more: Grand Valley’s Krieg focused on running for college education

Brandi Krieg, left, of Grand Valley High School, is focused on earning a college scholarship by using her running abilities.

Brandi Krieg loves to play volleyball, but knows her talents lie elsewhere.

Realizing her potential, the Grand Valley High School junior is planning on giving up her favorite sport to focus on the one that could help provide her a college education.

“I think I’m going to focus on running more next year,” Krieg said. “If I decide to go to college, I need to stay focused on it more.”

The past two years, she’s run cross-country and played volleyball.

“It was kind of rough,” Krieg said. “It’s hard to get workouts for cross-country when I’m at volleyball.

“Next year, I’ll do just cross country and hopefully I’ll do even better.”

She has found success in running.

“I tried track in middle school and it kind of worked for me,” Krieg said. “My freshman year, I decided I wanted to do good. I did really good in my first meet, so I figured this must be my thing, so I’ll keep working at it.”

The Cardinals’ distance runner placed fourth in the 3,200-meter run (two miles) and fifth in the 1,600 (one mile) at state as a freshman.

Last year, Krieg took fifth in the mile and sixth in the two mile. She tried the 400 and placed sixth at state.

This year, she is experimenting with the 800 as well.

“I haven’t quite figured out what I’m going to run,” Krieg said. “I’m trying the 400 and 800 this year. I’m not really sure what I’m going to be doing.

“I tried the 400 at the end of last year and did pretty good. I thought I’d try the 800 because my coach thinks I have the speed for it, so we’ll see.”

She has the second-best posted time in Class 3A in the 400 (1:01.89) and the 800 (2:29.72) and the third-best time in the mile (5:27.34). Her best times all occurred last weekend at the Mickey Dunn Invitational.

Krieg hasn’t run in the 3,200 yet this season.

“My coach says that for the 400 I’m a little too small,” she said. “I don’t have the height and stride.

“The mile is definitely my favorite. It’s in the morning, it’s when I have all my energy. It’s not so fast you can’t do anything, or too slow you’re out there for eight laps. It’s right there in the middle.”

Krieg knows what it takes to be committed.

Her puppy wakes her up each morning at 5:30 to get ready for school, then she makes a 15-mile trip from her home in De Beque to Parachute. She returns home between 6 and 6:30 p.m.


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