SWEET HOME - The Huskies' Maria Kropf has running in her blood.
"I started running right out of first grade. Ever since then it's been something that runs deep."
The 18-year-old senior is a two-time defending 4a state champion in three events. The 100-meter dash, 100-hurdles and she runs the anchor leg in the 4x100-meter relay.
"One of the things my mom told me and taught me is to be humble about it because if you go into it being humble, good things are going to come out for you in the end."
Year-round training for Kropf has been all on her own doing but she says her Mom laid the ground work years ago.
"Once i found what I had, I was like 'wow, I like this. I like to do this. I want to do this some more' so my Mom encouraged me up until end of junior high and she said once I got into high school,' this is where I lay down the baton. From here it's all you."
Maria has taken the baton and ran with it and she has experienced some Hayward Field magic in the past and she feels privileged to compete on the same track as some of her idols like Sanya Richards.
"Once I step on to that track, i know something good is going to come out of it because it's Hayward, it's a fast track. It always has been."
Growing up 45-miles away from Track Town USA, Maria always dreamed of running with the Women of Oregon. Now, she is nearly set to leave the Northwest for the desert of Arizona.
"The green and the mountains. That's probably what I am going to miss."
Maria is almost ready to accept a full-ride scholarship to run for Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. The private Division-II school is petitioning the NCAA to move up to Division-I.
"I will be running with the best of the best. I want to definitely push myself when it comes to college."
Where she is now, Maria is already the best of the best.
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