Battle Mountain state spotlight: Chrystin Rodrick |

Battle Mountain state spotlight: Chrystin Rodrick

Preston Utley/Vail DailyBattle Mountain sophomore Chrystin Rodrick enters this weekend's 4A state meet as the Western Slope regional champion in the 1,600 meters.

Those who follow Battle Mountain sports know that Chrystin Rodrick is one heck of a volleyball player. What they’re discovering this spring is that she’s awfully good in track as well. Last year, she qualified for state in the 3,200 meters. This year, she won regionals in the 1,600. The next goal is to take a bite out of Arwyn Becker’s school mark (5:24) in the mile. It would be only appropriate. After all, school track records go up in the gym, where she could see her mark come volleyball season his fall. For more on Rodrick, read on:Date of birth: March 17, 1989 – “All I can say is that my favorite color is green and my good luck charm is a four-leaf clover.”Parents: Bob and Jeannie RodrickSiblings: Candyce, Huskies senior, Clifford, 12, and Bobbi, 21Class: SophomoreHow’d you get into track?: “The first reason I got into track was to stay in shape for volleyball, but then it grows on you.”What is the 1,600 like?: “It’s a fun race. You can’t just jog it. You have to run hard, but there’s enough time if you’re in dead last you can make it all the way back to first.”

What’s your strategy?: “Usually just stay behind the leader and then slowly make your way higher up. At the end, you just sprint.”What was it like winning regionals?: “It was fun. I had never won a race before, not even in (junior varsity). It was fun to get first at something.”How do you keep going on days you’re tired?: “I dream about Arnold Palmers, the drink. I don’t know why, but it always makes me finish.”What’s your approach for state?: “I’m trying to go for 5:23, which would break the school record.” How much does state experience help?: “It helps a lot. This year, I think I’ll compete better in state. Last year, I was so nervous because everybody was so great. It was kind of scary racing.”What is coach Rob Parish like?: “He’s awesome. He’s a really good coach. I wish I could have him for every sport I’ve done. He encourages you to do better, makes you want to do better.”Favorite subject: BiologyCollege plans: Colorado St. – to play volleyballCareer plan: “No idea. Hopefully, it will be something involved with sports.”

Favorite movie: TroyFavorite movie star: Brad PittFavorite TV show: The SimpsonsFavorite Simpsons character: BartFavorite food: Spaghetti with spicy red sauceFavorite pizza slice: EverythingFavorite drink: Arnold Palmer iced teaFavorite book: The DaVinci CodeFavorite Web site: Google

Favorite ice cream: Birthday cake with cookie doughWhat are you going to eat after state?: “A big juicy cheeseburger.”Favorite music: RockFavorite group: OffspringWhat do you do during your free time?: “I just hang over at my friends’ houses.”If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?: “I’d be a Christmas tree because I like to be decorated.”If you were ruler of the world for one day, what would you do?: “I would say world peace, but then I would sound like a beauty pageant girl. I’m going to have to say, ‘Make girls dominate over guys.'”Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614, or, Colorado

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