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Q-and-A with Maggie O’Loughlin, Marist cross country

Maggie O'LoughlMarist cross country. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media

Maggie O'Loughlin, Marist cross country. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 23, 2012 6:10AM



Maggie O’Loughlin, of Marist cross country, moved up to 22nd (17 minutes, 26 seconds) at last year’s Class 3A state meet after finishing 77th (18:02) at Detweiller Park as a sophomore.

She was third at the Oct. 13 East Suburban Catholic Conference meet.

How’s the season going?

Pretty good. At the Wheaton Invitational (Sept. 29) I ran my best this season, 17:30. The Wheaton course is harder than the state course. There’s more ruts and a forest part and some inclines.

Decided on a college?

I’m still trying to narrow it down. Marquette, Butler and Dayton — I visited Marquette and Butler. Marquette, I liked the homeyness. It’s not huge, but it’s not super small. The same for Butler. It was super pretty.

Favorite leisure activities?

I like to bake. Or read. Over the summer I read a couple of books. One was “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.’’

Favorite sports team?

The Blackhawks. Unfortunately, they’ve been in a lockout. Hopefully, that will be over soon. My family is really big on hockey. I’ll watch it with my dad when I have time.

Favorite music?

I’m a big fan of country. I don’t really have a favorite artist.

Favorite TV show?

“Pretty Little Liars.’’ It’s about these four girls who have a ton of secrets and uncovering secrets.

Favorite food?

Steak. I haven’t had it in a while.

What will you remember most about high school?

Working hard in the classes I struggled in in order to get good grades. The people I met and the friends I made.

Who’s the one person you’d like to meet?

Steve Prefontaine. He died in a car accident. I’d ask him what it took to push himself all the time. He was one of the greatest distance runners.

As told to Tim Tierney



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