All things considered, Phoebe Brodrick is very pleased with how her final track season at Oconee County High School turned out.
Brodrick, who competed this past season as a senior, worked through iron deficiency issues and new training regimens throughout the season in an effort to place among the best finishers at her region- and state-level competitions.
She won the 3,200-meter event at the Region 8-AAA competition with a time of 11:52.18. Brodrick said she got there after solving issues that stemmed from the iron deficiency.
“It was so satisfying,” Brodrick said. “I had been really down all year, just because I was like, 'What's wrong with me? Why can't I run fast like I did sophomore year?' I was really sad, but once I figured out that was the problem, it gave me a lot more confidence. Getting closer to region, I started running better and running faster.”
In addition to her region title in the 3,200-meter, Brodrick was also part of a region title as part of the 4x800-meter team. Brodrick won that event alongside teammates Mia Senyitko, Sydney Matthews and Molly Meeks.
The team placed second at sectionals and second in the state finals.
But Brodrick changed up her approach to training to get ready for the 3,200-meter event.
She worked with coach Kendra Houghton to find workouts that focused in on improving her time for that race in particular.
The work helped her at the region level and, in the Class AAA state finals, Brodrick ran to a second place finish. Her time for that run – 11:17.97 – showed a big improvement from her effort at region and sectionals.
“The state championship race was probably one of my favorite races I've ever run,” Brodrick said. “I was so satisfied with that. It was a really good race, and I could definitely see all my training pay off. With all the struggles I went through this season and missing last season, it really paid off in that race.”