Megan Oblin has been running since grammar school, and her experience and talent are shining through.
Oblin, a Sierra High sophomore, delivered a personal record (PR) of 19 minutes, 48 seconds, to win the 5K Josh Ruff Memorial Invitational on Saturday in Folsom. That mark of 19:48 is the ninth-best time in the Sac-Joaquin Section this year, and the best thus far from San Joaquin County.
Oblin took up track in the fourth grade, but didn't discover the art of cross country until she was a freshman at Sierra. A little over a year later, Oblin is The Record's Female Athlete of the Week for Sept. 12-17.
Read up on Oblin, the second consecutive underclassman to win the Female Athlete of the Week honor:
Name: Megan Oblin
Favorite athlete: Distance runner Jordan Hasay
Funniest sports memory: Running with teammate Candice Lao last year: "She taught me everything there is to know about running. She was the one who led me to a great season... She was a great role model for me.”
What hurts the most after a race? “My lungs. After I finish a race I have really bad breathing. So trying to control that, and also, my legs hurt.”
How’d you get your start running? “I started running in fourth grade, just doing elementary track" before trying cross country as a freshman. “I kept improving, so I just fell in love.”
Describe your coach, Mike Rosendin: “He always talks to us before practice about how to get focused, and ways to improve. He’s kind of on the quiet side, but he’s funny sometimes. He definitely motivates you before a race and pushes you to be your best.”
Pre-race ritual: Prayer with her teammates, and listening to pop music
Optimal pre-race meal: Spaghetti and ice cream
Hobbies outside of running: Hanging out with friends, going out to eat, getting ice cream, taking day trips, shopping and playing with her dogs Howie, a Rottweiler and Bella, a Chow Chow