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Sarasota Athlete of the Week: Aubri Antczak

The Sarasota High girls track and field sophomore holds the school record in the 3,200-meter run (11:04.22)

Sarasota High girls track and field sophomore Aubri Antczak.
Sarasota High girls track and field sophomore Aubri Antczak.
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Aubri Antczak is a sophomore on the Sarasota High girls track and field team. Antczak is the school record-holder in the 3,200-meter run (11:04.22) and has the sixth-fastest time in the event in the Florida High School Athletic Association's Class 4A this season. 

When did you start competitive running?

I started as a freshman. I play soccer for the school, and my soccer coach at the time told me I should try running. I never did any track and field things before then. I never expected to be at the level I am now, but when I started being disciplined about it and sticking with it, I saw things change. 

What is the appeal to you?

I love the intensity of every race. Getting to do multiple events, and work with a team for some events as well, is fun. It's good competition. 

What is your favorite event?

This year, my best event has been the two-mile run (3,200 meters) but I like the mile (1,600 meters) better because it's four laps instead of eight. (Laughs.) 

Is it difficult to stay mentally focused during the 3,200-meter run?

It's one of the harder races in that way, yeah. But in a competitive race, it goes by a lot faster. The intensity of the race helps. 

How did it feel to set the school record in the 3,200 at the FSU Relays in March? 

I was mostly surprised I ran that fast, honestly. But I was excited. The FSU Relays was the most intense race I've ever done, and it was exciting. 

What are your goals for the rest of the season?

I'm hoping to break my own record in the 3,200. I'd like to get around 11 minutes flat. Maybe at the state meet I can do that. 

What is your favorite food?

I like smoothies and fruit, like acai bowls. 

What is your favorite book or book series?

I like the "Daevabad" series (by S. A. Chakraborty) a lot. The world of the books is exciting and the author does a good job of making each character stand out. 

What is your favorite school subject?

I like math. I like that there is one solution, but there can be different ways to find it. 

What is the best advice you have received?

Trust the process. Day in, day out, if you keep doing what you are doing, then the whole process will come together. But you have to stick with it. 

Finish this sentence: "Aubri Antczak is …"

Driven. I like chasing goals and staying motivated. I'm always driving toward some sort of ending, whether that is finishing a book or crossing the finish line during a race. 



Ryan Kohn

Ryan Kohn is the sports editor for Sarasota and East County and a Missouri School of Journalism graduate. He was born and raised in Olney, Maryland. His biggest inspirations are Wright Thompson and Alex Ovechkin. His strongest belief is that mint chip ice cream is unbeatable.

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