For The Tribune
One of Crothersville’s Tristan Maschino’s favorite part of running cross-country is traveling to a variety of courses.
“I like the scenery that you get to see every day,” she said. “It’s always different, and it’s always helped me with stress and everything so you just go out and do what you love.”
Before she takes to a course, Maschino has a plan in place.
“The trainer I have during the summer tells me that before I go to bed at night to sit and think how I want to run my race and how I want to see my race and that’s what I go off of,” Maschino said.
“I look at my watch to see what my time is (after 1 mile) and then next mile I try to go for a faster pace and then the third mile I try to go all out if I can.”
Maschino had an outstanding junior season, as she was All-Southern Athletic Conference and helped the Tigers win the conference.
She then advanced to the regional and semistate.
Maschino was unable to compete in either sport her sophomore year because of an injury.
The senior has big expectations come the postseason.
“I’m hoping I make it to semistate, and hopefully past semistate this year since it’s my senior year,” Maschino said. “I would like to be in the 20 (minute) range. I need to practice harder every day and put my mind into it and make myself work harder, and get out there and fight through the pain.”
She has a weekly running pattern she tries to follow.
“On Mondays I try to run three miles,” Maschino said. “On Tuesdays and Thursdays I try to do sprint workouts for the last mile or so, then on Wednesday and Friday I run about five miles.
This spring, Maschino looks forward to running the 800-meter run, the 3,200 and in the 4×800-meter relay.
She is a member of the 4×800 relay team that holds the school record, and she want to set a new school mark in the 800.
“I love the relay because of the team I have,” Maschino said. “They are really supportive and help you go out there and do your best. I feel the 800 is my run. I’m going to put all I can into it.”
She said she tries to stay strong and rested for her last two races, the 800 and the 3,200.
Maschino works hard in practice and appreciates advice from coaches and teammate.
“Ever since middle school, the coaches and teammates have helped me to the best of my ability, and to push myself as hard as I can,” Maschino said. “Even though it’s been a rocky road for me in my high school years they still push me and make me see that I am the best that I can be.
“Practice is really important because it builds your ability up for the race that’s coming and builds your strength. You have to put your head into practice because if not you won’t be good at any race.”
Whenever she’s running, Maschino tries to keep a positive mindset.
“You have to believe in yourself that you can do it,” Maschino said. “Even though it may be hard sometimes you have to tell yourself ‘I can do this, I will do this, I will beat them,’ and you have to give yourself an extra push. If you don’t have it then your body doesn’t have it.”
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Name: Tristan Maschino
School: Crothersville High School
Parents: Angel Schmelzle, Ed Maschino
Siblings: Zach, Cory and Dillen
Sports: Cross-country, four years; track and field, four years
Athletic highlights: CC-2015 All-SAC, regional, semistate qualifier, All-County, SAC champions; track-school record 4×800 relay
Organizations: Sunshine Society, FFA, Big Brothers Big Sisters
Plans after high school: Attend University of Southern Indiana, major in diagnostic imaging
Favorite food: Steak
Favorite TV show: “Grey’s Anatomy”
Favorite band: Florida Georgia Line
Favorite movie: “The Blindside”
Favorite athlete: Usain Bolt