Cross Country

2019 Northwest Herald Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year: Marian Central's Siobhan Stoll

Siobhan Stoll’s senior cross country season was about as good as it gets.

The Marian Central standout started with a championship at the McHenry County Meet and finished with eighth place at the Class 2A girls race at the IHSA Cross Country State Meet.

There were plenty of wins and near-wins in between for Stoll, who will run track and cross country at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska next year.

Stoll won the East Suburban Catholic Conference title and finished third in the Belvidere Sectional on her way to becoming an All-State runner for the first time.

For her efforts, Stoll is the Northwest Herald Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, voted on by the sports staff with input from local coaches. Stoll tackled a few questions from Northwest Herald sports writer Joe Stevenson.

Who is the most famous former Creighton athlete you know of who made it big professionally?

Stoll: Kyle Korver is a professional player for the Milwaukee Bucks. Creighton has had a lot of basketball players turn professional because they have a pretty good basketball team.

What are your three favorite Christmas movies?

Stoll: “Elf” is definitely my favorite. I really like “A Christmas Carol” and “The Polar Express” too.

If you could have any vehicle, what would you take?

Stoll: I would want an electric car because they are very practical.

If you were a superhero, what would be your name and what would be your superpower?

Stoll: My superpower would be telekinesis and my name would be Master of the Mind.

Do you have any hidden talents?

Stoll: I know how to play the flute, although I never played in my school’s band because my class schedule was full.

What would be your walk-up song if you played softball?

Stoll: “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen. This song never fails to get me pumped up for races.

If you could hop into a time machine, what athletic event would you want to see?

Stoll: It might be a little dangerous, but I would like to go back to the 1936 Berlin Olympics and watch Louis Zamperini run.

What is your best sports fashion tip?

Stoll: Birkenstocks are the best post-race footwear, and always run in shorts, no matter how cold it is.

How do you handle nerves before a race?

Stoll: I listen to music. My team is such a fun group of people, so just being around them decreases any stress before the race.

What celebrity would you most like to hang out with for a day?

Stoll: I would love to hang out with Chris Pratt. I really like his movies, especially “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

What is one of your biggest pet peeves?

Stoll: When people talk with food in their mouth.

If you had a sandwich named after you, what would be on it and what would it be called?

Stoll: I really like peanut butter, banana and honey sandwiches. I would call it Siobhan’s Sweet and Salty Sandwich.

Which of your teammates really inspires you?

Stoll: Caroline Binotti really inspires me. She is an incredibly kind and optimistic person, and running with her has definitely made me a kinder person and increased my love for the sport and my team.

Can you believe Kevin McAllister’s parents actually left him home alone?

Stoll: Well, he does have a big family, so it’s not too surprising.

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