Even if she might not say it, W&J runner Faith Remich has sights on PAC title in 1,600

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Washington & Jefferson track and field coach Derek Workman recalled a July phone conversation he had with rising senior middle distance runner Faith Remich. The Burrell graduate informed Workman she had a job waiting for her after graduation, which was still 10 months away.

With that crucial piece of her life secure, Remich, Workman said, was able to relax and put more of her energy into running.

She already has a number of laurels as a member of the Presidents: multiple all-conference honors for indoor and outdoor track and field and a second-place ranking all-time on W&J’s indoor 800 list. The one missing piece? A Presidents’ Athletic Conference title.

That’s the goal for her final season, even if she won’t say the words “conference championship” out loud.

“She’s a very humble person,” Workman said. “She doesn’t like to brag on herself at all. I always tell any of our kids, ‘Don’t give any bulletin-board material.’ She would never do that anyway. Even though that might be a goal of hers internally, she would never verbalize that.”

So what about it, Faith?

“I would reall like to. That would be really cool. There’s really good competition (in the PAC) in the distance events. I would love to try to. I’m definitely not going to rule that out.”

A very diplomatic answer. But Remich is more specific in talking about other individual goals. She wants to break the school record of 2 minutes, 21 seconds in the outdoor 800, saying she is “really close.” She also wants to break 5 minutes in the 1,600.

Given her performances this spring, those goals seem to be well within her reach. Workman said Remich might be in the best shape of her career, and he saw it as early as January when she ran “an amazing” 1,200-meter leg on the indoor distance medley team.

In the Presidents’ season-opening outdoor meet at Marietta, she placed second in the 1,600 — finishing behind Alaysia Brooks from Division II Ursuline — with a personal-best time of 5:05.29. She achieved that despite windy conditions and, Workman said, taking the first half of the race a little too fast.

She also placed second in the 800, again trailing only a runner from Ursuline, A’Zaria Thomas.

Remich said she beefed up her training over the summer, running about 40 miles per week in addition to adding cross training to her regimen. The cross training, she said, enabled her to have a higher volume of training without wearing out her legs.

“I definitely feel like it paid off,” she said. “All the work I’ve been doing, I’ve been in super shape and proving to myself more and more what I am capable of.”

And she might be capable of earning that elusive PAC title.

At the PAC indoor championships at the end of February, she led the mile until the final 200 meters. But Saint Vincent senior Sydney Green rallied to overtake Remich and earn the gold medal.

Workman is confident Remich can make a push for a conference title in the 1,600. It will be a matter of turning in the right performance on the right day.

“Fitness wise and physically, I think she’s there,” he said. “I think it’s just going to come down to … whatever mindset she took into the conference (indoor) championship this year whenever she ran four back-to-back-to-back races and they were all indoor (personal records) for her. Or in that DMR when she ran that ridiculously fast 1,200 leg.

“Whatever that mindset is, that’s what I keep telling her. We just have to dig that out.”

The only reference Remich makes to a conference title is in terms of the team. That seems to be a bigger motivating factor.

“I definitely want us to do that,” she said. “We were so close in indoor. We fell short only by … it was only a few points. We just didn’t have the numbers, but for outdoor, we have a few more girls coming out who are strong.”

Chuck Curti is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck by email at ccurti@triblive.com or via Twitter .



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