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By Mike Beas

An assortment of factors go into Corrie Bloomer making her way from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible.

Rest assured, the Danville High School senior has analyzed each and every one.

Bloomer is in her third season as a sprinter in the Warriors girls track and field program. She runs the 100- and 200-meter dashes, along with the second leg for the 4×100 relay. Occasionally, Bloomer is asked to be part of the 4×400 or 4×800 relays.

The example she sets are points all their own.

“Corrie has a great drive, and the other kids see that in her,” said fifth-year Warriors track coach Rosie Fakes. “It’s a program thing for her. Corrie’s desire to have good form and work on her starts . . . she’s always seeking to improve, and that’s what you want as a coach.”

This past fall, she helped lead Danville girls soccer to a 12-5-2 record that included a spotless 7-0 mark atop the Sagamore Conference standings. A midfielder, Bloomer scored eight goals to be named second-team All-Conference.

Ranked fifth in her class academically with a 4.2 grade point average, Bloomer will compete for the women’s track program either at Oklahoma Wesleyan University or Cornerstone University, located in Grand Rapids, Mich. Both are NAIA schools.

Danville senior Corrie Bloomer will run track and played for soccer for the Warriors. She plans to run track in college. (Photo provided by Bloomer)

Bloomer did a Q&A with ICON:

Q: Do you consider yourself a soccer player who runs track or a track athlete who plays soccer?

A: I would say track comes first for me because that’s what I’m going to do in college. I love the fact that you reap the benefits of your hard work in a tangible way. Honestly, the adrenalin rush is one of the best things, too. Getting in the blocks and being able to visualize my race.

Q: Which event do you look forward to most during a track meet?

A: Probably the 200 just because it’s the first race I was good at. I also like having enough time to be able to get up to speed. As I’m into the last straightaway, I really feel I’m good at picking up speed. My starts have improved a lot, and the 200 is a mental game where I have that mentality to push myself.

Q: What will it take for you to look back and feel satisfied with your senior track season?

A: When I think about times, I know I would like to break 13 and 28 seconds in the 100 and 200, respectively. And I would like our team to win conference. I do think we have the team to win it.

Q: What are your plans after graduating from Danville Community High School?

A: I’m going to go to college and study either pre-med or chemistry. I want to become an optometrist. I’ve always wanted to work in the medical field, and eyes are fascinating. Everything about them is super intricate.

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