Geist technically competes in three different sports which creates a whole year of sports.
Marietta Geist - Sophomore runner of cross country, indoor and outdoor track at Carleton College
CHS Class of 2016
Major – Math and Studio Arts
Career Hopes – Maybe some branch of engineering
Other CHS Sports - Swimming
How did you decide to run collegiately?
I think I realized I’d really miss the sports aspect of my life if I didn’t continue in college. I was looking at colleges for academic purposes at first. Then I looked more into the sports teams and whether or not I’d be able to do it. I kind of fell in love with the track and cross country team here in Carleton. I was a swimmer in high school and was originally going to swim at Carleton. After my senior year, I realized I’d miss running too much. I decided that was a good activity that I could continue to do while furthering my education. I find that being in a sport in college might keep me busier. But it’s definitely worth it.
What puts running above swimming in your mind?
I thought I had more potential in running and was excited to see how college training would help me.
What other schools were you considering?
I looked at the U of M, Concordia and Lawrence in Wisconsin. But I was pretty certain I’d go to Carleton after a couple visits. Our head coach is a really wonderful person and coach and I could tell that right away. That was a big deciding factor. I knew I would be well-supported and have a good coaching staff. I was also drawn to the academic rigor of the school, the location and the size. It’s also a liberal arts school.
What was your biggest accomplishment in high school sports?
My junior year of high school when we qualified for state in our 4x800m relay. At state we placed seventh and broke the school record which was a big goal of ours. My younger sister was on that relay with me.
What is your biggest accomplishment in collegiate sports?
Last cross country season was my first season running cross country. I didn’t run it in high school. I was a part of the team that qualified for nationals. We raced at DIII nationals and we placed higher than we were seeded.
Who was your favorite coach in high school?
I had several distance coaches which helped me pick up different things and different strategies from each one of them. They all gave me valuable tips.
What is something a coach did or said that has stuck with you?
Coach Wes Knutson always stressed running through the finish as hard as you can and that’s something I do today. I also picked up a lot of form techniques from all my coaches. It’s been a building process they were all involved in.
What did you notice as a big difference between running in high school and running in college?
Running in college is a little bit different because you live on a campus with your team. Your team really becomes your family and your home when you’re on campus. You don’t go home to your house every night. The feeling from high school is just heightened. It’s also a much larger time commitment from practices, practicing on the weekend, lifting and pool workouts. But you see improvement a lot faster.
What surprised you at your first college practice?
The team had such a strong passion for running. The positive attitude on the team was very surprising in a good way.
How do you handle the adjustment of running collegiately?
I think it’s kind of exciting. We’re from such a small town area. When you’re in high school, you run against the same people over and over again. We’re a DIII school, but we’ll run against DII and DI schools quite often. It’s kind of cool because sometimes they blow us out, sometimes we’re not far off and sometimes we beat them.
When is your offseason?
We don’t get any offseasons. We get two weeks off between cross country and indoor track. Then two more weeks between outdoor track and our summer training program. We don’t compete in the summer, but we compete fall, winter and spring.
What is your trick to keep up with classwork and stay consistent in your game?
I think I treat track or cross country as a study break. I can go to practice and not think about school or homework. Then when I get done, I'm ready to start back up with the academics. I think it helps me stay balanced and not be overly committed to one thing. And meets are so long, you can get a lot of homework done during them.
What is your daily routine in season?
I usually have two or three classes a day. Then from 3:30-6 is our practice time.
Does playing a sport help you manage your time?
I think it does because I know which time I don’t have to worry about homework. I know we’re always going to be finished at a certain time. It helps be stay balanced and healthy.
What do you miss about running in Crookston?
I miss the feeling of having a home meet or a home track. Even though I consider Carleton my home now, I don’t have as much time spent here to feel the same as a home track. I always loved having home track meets in high school. Lots of people were there and everyone is cheering. I also miss running with my sister.
Have you tried to recruit your sister, Katherine?
Yes I have. She’ll graduate high school the year I graduate in college so there wouldn’t be an overlap. But I still encourage her to come here because I think she’ll like it.
How has running collegiately helped you prepare for life after school and sports?
It’s improved my time management skills. I’ve had to prioritize a lot and use my time wisely. I’ve also learned a lot by being on a team and working in a group. Those are very valuable things.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about playing a sport in college?
I think that if they would truly miss doing that sport and it makes them happy, I think they should try to do it in college. But if that’s not the case for them, then maybe it’s not right. It’s not right for everybody, but it’s definitely been right for me.
How do you plan to keep running after school?
I have goals of one day doing a half marathon and a marathon. Maybe an Iron Man. I’ll start with baby steps.
When your college career comes to an end, do you think you'll be mentally ready?
I think I will be mentally ready. I have goals outside of college for myself academically and athletically. I foresee that my academics will continue after obtaining my undergraduate degrees in both Mathematics and Studio Arts, I will most likely attend graduate school for Mathematics. As for athletics I have new goals that I will start working on once my undergraduate career comes to an end. I have goals of running a marathon and doing triathlons, a goal the requires a type of training different from what I do now for cross country and track. Running is something I will continue to do long after I graduate from college.