PREP TRACK AND FIELD: Running to state: Sueker looking to cap off strong track season with a trip to state

MARSHALL – Running. The word alone makes people cringe. It’s a form of exercise that the fittest of fit athletes dislike with a passion.

That’s not the case for Marshall Tiger sophomore, Kaia Sueker. Sueker is a member of the Tiger track team and competes in the 1,600 meter and the 3,200 meter events. To go along with the long distance events Sueker also competes in the 800 meter and is a member of the 4×800 relay team.

In the fall Sueker is a member of the volleyball and cross country teams. In the winter she can be seen sprinting up and down the court for the Tigers basketball team. When the calendar flips to spring Sueker is back to running long distance, something that’s she come to love.

“I really like my teammates and coaches,” Sueker said. “I like the atmosphere with running. I just really like running a lot and always have. My teammates push me to get better and I think I push them to get better. I love running with my teammates.”

Sueker started competing at the varsity level in track in eighth grade. As an eighth grader she was a member of the 4×800 relay team that qualified for state. Last year Sueker and her fellow 4×800 relay members were back at the state meet. It was also the first year that Sueker qualified for an individual event, as she qualified in the 1,600 meter.

“The mile is probably my favorite,” Sueker said. I like all the events, but I just enjoy that one the most. I like to compete and try to beat my team each time out.”

This season Sueker has three first place finishes in the 1,600 meter and one first place finish in the 3,200 meter. Sueker set a personal best at the Hamline Elite Meet with a mile time of 5:11.58. It’s a time that Sueker hopes to top before the end of the season.

“I’m shooting for a 5:05 mile time,” Sueker said. “That would be awesome to get that for the mile. For the 4×800 I just hope we continue to get our time down.”

Sueker has qualified for the state meet the past two seasons. She’s hoping to make it three years in a row this season.

“That would be amazing,” Sueker said. “It be awesome to go up to state in any of the events I compete in.”