Athlete Of The Week: Molly DeMarzo, Crestwood Cross Country
In her own words, she “came out of nowhere.”
But Crestwood cross country runner Molly DeMarzo won’t be doing that anymore.
The freshman announced her presence in the WVC with authority, winning the girls varsity race at the Cliff Robbins Invitational on Saturday. Her time of 20 minutes, 13 seconds was 13 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
For her stellar run, DeMarzo was named the Citizens’ Voice Athlete of the Week, presented by Coordinated Health.
Q: What’s the biggest key to preapring for an event like this?
A: It was mostly just my coaches and the hard work I put in over the summer. Just hard work, really.
Q: At what point did you realize you could pull away and have a chance to win?
A: I passed first place probably 2 miles in, but I was a little unsure of when I wanted to pass her because I was like, “Oh, maybe she’ll have a lot left for the end (of the race).” So, I just said, “OK. Well, we’ll just try to pass her right now.” It didn’t really kick in until a little bit after I passed her that I was in first.
Q: What did it feel like when you crossed the line to win?
A: It was a great feeling knowing that I wasn’t picked to win. I kind of came out of nowhere, even like last year (in the junior high race). And I won last year, too, so it was just a good feeling knowing that I was still able to perform as well as I did last year.
Q: Did your experience in the 3K last year help you at all?
A: The course, for the most part, was the same. It was just a little bit longer, but you just have to learn to pace yourself a little bit better since it’s a little bit longer of a race.
Q: What does getting a win like this do for your season — does it add any pressure?
A: I guess I can say it gives me confidence because the first race is always the most (unpredictable). Everyone says there are no expectations — there really aren’t. Especially me being a freshman, it was just a year where I could go out and see how I finished against other runners.
Getting to know Molly
Hometown: Mountain Top
Family: Mother, Amy; father, David; brother, Brenden; brother, Aidan; brother, Joshua
Favorite school subjects: Math and science
Favorite movie: “Midnight Sun”
Favorite TV show: “Grey’s Anatomy”
Favorite music genre: Current Top 40
Favorite food: Lobster
Favorite junk foods: Middleswarth bar-b-q chips and Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies
Favorite team: Crestwood cross country
Favorite holiday: Christmas
Favorite color: Light pink or blue
Away from cross country, Molly likes to ... do anything with makeup.
If Molly could travel anywhere in the world, she would go to ... Italy.
Molly’s favorite thing about cross country is ... the atmosphere — it’s competitive, but everyone is really nice to each other.
For Molly, the most difficult thing about cross country is ... the competition level — you might do really well, but someone else is capable of doing better.
One thing Molly couldn’t live without is ... her family and friends.
Molly’s biggest role models have been ... her parents, family and all the coaches she has had.
If Molly had $1 million, she would ... give most of it to charity and probably buy makeup.
One word that best describes Molly is ... determined.
One skill or talent Molly doesn’t have, but wishes she did, is ... better organizational ability.
In the future, Molly ... hopes to attend college on a scholarship and study to become a doctor. She also will compete in track & field in the spring.
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