Athlete of the Week: Maggie Toczko
On Friday, May 2, Tunkhannock Area’s Maggie Toczko finished sixth in the 3200 meter run at the Nike Henderson Invitational with a school record and personal best time of 11:12.37.
She also won the 800, 1600 and 3200 runs to help lead the Lady Tigers to a 90-60 win at Coughlin Monday.
Toczko also set the school record in the 1600 earlier in the year with a 5:15.33 at The East Stroudsburg Red and Black Invitational on April 17.
For her accomplishments, Toczko has been named the Wyoming County Press Examiner’s Athlete of the Week.
Class, age, hometown : Sophomore, 16, Tunkhannock.
Family : Gary, father; Ellie, mother; Jacob, 16, brother; sisters, Haley and Mya, 16.
Other sports I play : Cross country.
People I admire : “Anika Buzbee (neighbor), Thomas Daniels (coach) and Neeley Spence (runner).”
Favorite Movie : “Perks of Being a Wallflower”
Favorite TV show: “Psych”
Favorite band/artist: Taylor Schultz
Favorite Food : Pancakes
One word to describe me: Spontaneous
Three people I’d like to have dinner with: “ President Obama, Emma Watson and Ellen DeGeneres.”
Biggest role model: “My parents because they influence everything I do.”
Superstitions or rituals : “We always have a prayer circle before we run and thank God for giving us the opportunity to run and ask that He is with us during the race.”
What was your main goal coming into this season? “My personal goal still is to make states, and as a team to just do better in districts and make it a memorable season for the seniors.”
What has your training been like in getting ready for a meet? “Depending on what days the meets are we’ll have a few workouts either before or after, and my mileage is going down to get ready for districts.”
What will you be working on to prepare yourself for districts and states? “Getting my time down in general and hopefully having a better kick at the end of my races.”
How would you describe your running style? “I try to get out fast and then just hang in there, I have to get ahead as soon as I can when I’m feeling good.”
What does it mean to you to now have the school records in both the 1600 and 3200 runs? “Part of my goal has been making it to states and that sort of came along with it, so it’s cool. Every meet I’ll keep trying to break it again and again.”
What has been your favorite part of being on the team so far? “Being able to hang out with my teammates every day, they’re really fun and they’re my best friends.”