MileSplit OH Podcast: Pro's Perspective Featuring Julia Rizk

2015 Columbus Academy graduate, former Ohio State Buckeye and current District Track Club representative, Julia Rizk joined the MileSplit Ohio podcast to discuss her athletics career. 

The 2019 NCAA Division 1 indoor mile national champion reminisced on her high and college highlights, outlined her goals for the pro circuit moving into 2021 and offered advice to younger athletes who are aiming to maximize their abilities. 

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  • 0:00 -- Episode Introduction
  • 2:05 -- How she got started in the sport 
  • 3:30 -- Experience with other sports as a youth athlete
  • 4:50 -- Overview of high school career at Columbus Academy
  • 6:40 -- Talking about doubles at state meets - sophomore to senior years 
  • 8:05 -- Favorite events to compete in during high school tenure
  • 9:10 -- Discussing her introduction to XC as a high school junior 
  • 10:35 -- Identifying high school career highlights
  • 11:30 -- High School shout-outs to Vikings coaches and teammates 
  • 13:05 -- What the recruitment process looked like as a high school senior
  • 14:35 -- Advising young athletes to be assertive with recruitment opportunities  
  • 15:25 -- Navigating the transition from high school to college competition
  • 18:00 -- Focusing on the 800 early in college career to longer distances later on
  • 19:40 -- Comparing and contrasting the Pac-12 to the Big Ten 
  • 22:05 -- Explaining why she transferred from UCLA to Ohio State 
  • 24:05 -- Reminiscing on her 2019 indoor mile national championship title 
  • 26:30 -- Walking us through the bell lap where she was leading and got passed
  • 28:00 -- Looking back at the accomplishment and expressing what it means to her
  • 29:10 -- Reviewing her confidence heading into the race and what her expectations were
  • 30:10 -- Recapping her team's trip to cross country nationals during her final season at OSU
  • 32:25 -- How her journey took her to the District Track Club and highlighting the team
  • 35:40 -- Providing a snapshot of what the day in the life of a pro resembles
  • 38:20 -- Outlining what gols she's hoping to accomplish in 2021 
  • 40:45 -- Her experience working with DTC's premier sponsor, Under Armour
  • 42:20 -- Endorsing the new line of merchandise for the District Track Club
  • 43:20 -- Wrapping up by imparting some advice on young athletes who want to improve

(Julia Rizk clocked 4:37.63 to take the mile victory at the 2019 NCAA Division 1 Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham)