Today we chat with the front runner for the Petaluma cross country team, senior Sterling Lockert. During his time on the Petaluma team, Sterling has led the team to 2 NCS championships ('06 and '07), 2 podium finishes ('07 and '08) and many outstanding efforts at many cross country invitationals. Sterling has also been a state meet qualifier on the track in the 3200 (as a sophomore) and in the 1600 (as a junior). For those of you that don't know, Sterling also has a twin brother (Devin) who has also been a big part of Petaluma's success in cross country and in track and field in his favorite event, the 800m.
1) How did you and your brother get your start in distance running?
I did Club XC when I was in fifth grade and lived in Washington. I was the worst runner there, even got last a few of the races. I didn't run again until the summer of my freshmen year. I got my dad race entries to the Angle Island 12k. I ran with him a few times before that. And went out to a few of the high school summer training runs. Other than that i didn't do anything. I went to the race and did pretty well. So I decided to run instead of play soccer.
4) Looking back at this past season, what do you consider your best race?
10) Looking back at your four years of Petaluma cross country, what do you feel was the best accomplishment by your team?
12) Anything else you would like to add.
Thank you very much Sterling. AJC