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Monroe Central freshman girl claims four events

May 14, 2014
Monroe Central Jr.- Sr. High School

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Monroe Central freshman girl claims four events

By David Polaski


 Katarina DiBiasio’s quiet demeanor isn’t reflective of her drive to win.

The freshman track and field compet­itor from Monroe Central won all four events she competed in at the Mid-East­ern Conference meet on Tuesday. Her coach,PamHowell,saidDiBiasiodoesn’t usually mingle with groups of runners, preferring to keep to herself and concen­trate on future events.

“You never know how to read her be­cause she’s quiet,” Howell said. “Meek and mild, so there has to be a lot going on in her head.”

DiBiasio won the 100-meter dash, 200 dash,400dashandlongjump,helpingthe Golden Bears to a fourth-place finish. Burris won the girls title with 118 points,
 while Daleville took the boys crown with 105.

The Daleville and Burris boys were tied at 95 heading into the final event, the 4x400 relay. Daleville won the event, while Burris finished fourth.

The four wins for DiBiasio continue a season of success. She broke the Monroe Central 200 record, finishing in 26:53. She earned 40 of her school’s 82 points.

The success is something she didn’t see coming.

“I honestly wasn’t expecting to have a season go so well as a freshman,” DiBia­sio said. “It’s such a cool surprise.”

As much time as she spends running
 on the track, she puts out just as much en­ergy on a volleyball court.

A two-sport athlete, DiBiasio said she goes to Munciana volleyball every other night, where she plays outside hitter and right side hitter for the Munciana Lorax.

Both Howell and DiBiasio credit her work playing volleyball to her victories on the track.

“You have to work all year round to be as good as she is, and she plays a lot of vol­leyball,” Howell said. “You’ve got to com­pete all year long, and she doesn’t like to lose anything. You can see the look in her eye when someone starts to get close.”

She has signed releases that allow her to leave meets and go to volleyball prac­tice, although she missed a practice in or­der tocompeteattheMECmeet.Inorder to make up for the missed practice, she’ll
 go to the gym and work on vol­leyball on her own time, not wanting to miss a step.

She rummaged through her bag and pulled out a granola bar when her victory in the 100 dash was officially announced through a loud speaker.

The sides of her mouth turned upward into a smile for a few seconds before dropping back down as she continued to search. Despite having two runners to her left, she didn’t say a word.

Quiet, indeed.

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