Vista del Lago’s Anna Vogtmann saved her best race for the biggest and final race of the season.
Vogtmann, only a sophomore, finished the 5-kilometer CIF state cross country championship Division III race Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno in 18 minutes, 44.4 seconds to place 13th overall. Vogtmann missed a top-10 podium finish by only four seconds, but more importantly led her team to at Division III state championship.
“It was Anna’s best race of the season,” Vista coach Robert Grove said. “It was a break-through race for her. She didn’t have the season she felt she should have, but finishing four seconds off the podium for a sophomore is a big deal. She’s only going to get better.”
Vogtmann rolled her ankle in late July and missed several weeks of training. Upon recovering, she developed another injury that kept her out of the Capital Athletic League championship race. She finished the season strong, however, not only being Vista’s top finisher at the state meet, but also by helping her team to a state championship.
Folsom Telegraph: What are your hopes/plans for after graduation?
AV: After graduation I plan to run in college. I’d really like push the limits to my running abilities. I haven’t decided what I want to study yet.
FT: Do sports run in your family?
AV: Sports do run in my family. My mom is also a runner and my dad is a bicyclist, although my two brothers do not currently do a sport.
FT: How long have you been running cross country and how did you get your start in it?
AV: I was exposed to running around 9 years old; my mom would sign me up for 5k fun runs and I’d do it with her. My elementary school also had a small running program in the mornings. I’ve really only been competing since I was 11 years old because my middle school had a team.
FT: Have you ever been involved in other sports?
AV: From first to fourth grade I played soccer, and in fifth and sixth grade I played volleyball.
FT: What do you like about running cross country?
AV: I love the feeling of satisfaction after a long run and after a successful meet; but above all cross country has so many life lessons that have already been helping me grow up with a ‘thicker skin.’ Between failure, hard work, perseverance, and finally success, running gives me something that can never be taken away.
FT: Your team just won the CIF state cross country Division III championship. What was your reaction when it was announced/when you found out?
AV: My reaction was pure joy. You could say I was on a “runners high” when the official results came out. That could probably speak for all of us.
FT: How did the race go for you personally? Was it a personal-best time? How did you feel out there?
AV: The race for me was a pretty good finish to my season. I had started the season off with a pretty badly sprained ankle, and I hadn't built my confidence back up until closer to the end. On the state course, I did PR by about 30 seconds, but it was not my personal best for a 5k. The course is definitely not as hard as the Willow Hills meets, which helped me push through any pain I was feeling at the time.
FT: Talk about the bond you and your teammates have?
AV: The bond between my teammates is incredible. We are a tight knit kind of family and helped each other throughout the season. I couldn't ask for any better. We all work very well together, which is key to why we are successful.
FT: Vista has had strong teams in the past. What made the difference this year in winning the state title? Why was this team able to get it done?
AV: This year was different, only because our team meshed very well together, and we all feed off each other’s encouragement. We are overall very positive, instead of saying, “I might” we always say, “We will.”
FT: What is your favorite class in school?
AV: My favorite class in school would have to be between history and English.
FT: Favorite music?
AV: Favorite music would be pop.
FT: Favorite Food?
AV: Favorite food is the packaged Ramen, which actually isn't very good for runners, so I don't recommend it.
FT: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.
AV: I have a dog named Oreo. He’s very antisocial to other dogs, but he’s very affectionate to humans. He's a Bichon and Shih Tzu mix.
FT: Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
AV: Hobbies would include reading and drawing, and I don't think watching Netflix counts.
FT: What inspires you in sports?
AV: The idea of working really hard for a single goal, then finally achieving it sometimes surpassing it, is the most inspirational thing anyone could do in a sport. If you have no goal, there is no point.
FT: Is there a particular job or profession you’d like to have in the future?
AV: I haven't thought too much about exactly what I want to do in the future, but I do think I want to join Peace Corps after college. This is an organization where I would travel around the world to third world cities/countries and help with teaching or perhaps a different role.