Quaker Valley athlete of the week: Anna Cohen

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 | 2:22 PM

Anna Cohen

School: Quaker Valley

Sport: Cross country

Class: Sophomore

Claim to fame: Anna Cohen always had a love a for running and found a way to channel her energy with a USATF club, which her dad coached.

They’re still in the same roles at Quaker Valley, and the tandem has paid off with Cohen (20 minutes, 58 seconds) recently finishing third at the Midwestern Athletic Conference Championship.

What’s it like still having your dad as your coach?

I’ve always really liked him as a coach. He’s hard on me when I need it in practice and in races, and at the same time he’s understanding. He knows my body as well as I do, so we’re able to adapt my training when we need to.

How were you able to shave off 50 seconds at MACs this season?

The course was really muddy last year, so that’s part of it. Also, over the summer, I did a lot more miles. I’ve seen that help a lot more in my races.

What are your thoughts on the course?

It’s probably the hardest course we run every season. It has a lot of hills that really (drain) everyone. Overall, it’s a nice course, and I like racing there.

What does it mean to you to get a top-three finish?

It means so much, because Annie (Wicker) and the other girl who won are some of the best runners locally and in the state. To be near them and compete with them is a big deal.

What do you have to do in training to be ready for the WPIAL championship (Oct. 24)?

I’ll have to get speed work in. It’s probably my weakness, so I’ll go to the track and get in some faster work and continue with everything else I’ve been doing.

Your teammate, Annie Wicker, is a two-time WPIAL champion. What have you learned from her?

I’ve learned from her how much work it takes to get to the level she’s been at for years. She’s one of the nicest people I’ve met in running, and she’s always there for me in the good times and the bad. It’s always nice to know I have someone to run with every day whether we’re going easy or hard.

What would it mean to you to win a WPIAL title?

That would be amazing if it could happen. It’s always been a dream of mine.