Running to Success

Nov. 25, 2013 - by Katy Ward

Running to Success

By Katy Ward
November 25, 2013
Running to Success
Wieczorek at the 2012 Olympic Trials

Editor's Note: Wieczorek just named National Boys Cross Country Coach of The Year. (July 31, 2014)

His team is ranked number 1 in the Nation. MNU Alum, Mark Wieczorek (’07), understands what it means to be successful.

This past year, Wieczorek’s cross-country team won the State Championship, with his top three runners placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the meet. His team won State in 2011, which made his team the first high school on the West side of Washington State to win the State Championship in the past 25 years. Wieczorek signed a contract with Gig Harbor High School in Harbor, Wash. in the summer of 2011 as the Cross Country Head Coach and has coached a successful team ever since.

Not only does Wieczorek see success through his coaching, he also sees success as a professional runner. In 2012, Wieczorek placed seventh in the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Wash.

“I was four spots off from making the U.S. Olympic Team,” Wieczorek said.

After running in the Olympic Trials in 2012, Wieczorek was sponsored by Brooks, a running company. He is part of the Brooks Beasts’ running team, which is a Seattle-based team that includes athletes that are middle distance runners.

Running to SuccessWieczorek with his Gig Harbor runners

In an interview with The News Tribune, Wieczorek discussed how he defines success with his team.

“To me, success is developing, progressing through the season, maximizing potential, having fun, working hard and enjoying everything they can,” said Wieczorek. “If they do all that, that is success to me.”

Wieczorek also said that watching the dynamics of his runners at Gig Harbor and through his teammates with Brooks motivates him. This summer, Wieczorek will be running in the 2014 U.S. Outdoor Championship, which will be held June 26-29 in Sacramento, Calif.

 

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