College Bound: Claire Mehling

Herald File Photo by Brittney Lohmiller
Forest Park's Claire Mehling did a little bit of everything in high school from soccer to marching band to track and field. Now, she will be running track and cross country in college at IUPUI in Indianapolis.

A Q&A with Forest Park senior Claire Mehling who will be running cross country and track and field in college at IUPUI (Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis).

What was the biggest factor into your decision to play sports collegiately? My junior year once I was just starting to actually see I could run, I started looking into college and I love to run - you have to be kind of crazy and love it if you get up and train for it.

What stood out about IUPUI over the other schools that you visited? Just the academic opportunities and I want to go into medicine so (I liked) the hospital and the opportunities they present.

During your time at Forest Park, who or what do you feel most prepared you for playing sports in college? Coach (Philip) Wolf - he made a training plan for me and then he would actually wake up early with me to go running, that was a huge help that I didn’t have to do that on my own.

What was your biggest accomplishment during your time at Forest Park? I’ve won sectionals and participated in all that stuff but just the joys that I have little snapshot memories of — such as being with my teams and seeing how many people look up to me is just really cool.

If you could describe your high school athletic experience in one word, what would it be? Rewarding.

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