Interview: Evelyn Prodoehl Reflects On Breakout XC Season

Delivering eleven victories in as many race starts for an unblemished individual record, which included a RunningLane national championship and an OHSAA Division I state meet triumph plus a sub-17 minute 5-kilometer performance at GMC, it truly was an XC season for the ages put together by Evelyn Prodoehl

The junior from Lakota West joined MileSplit to showcase her 2023 fall campaign highlights and to provide a look ahead to what's next, both in terms of the upcoming indoor and outdoor track seasons and her aspirations for cross country in 2024. 

Prodoehl reflected on her most meaningful accomplishments from the season that was, the desire to maximize her talents moving forward and she detailed the training and strategy that has contributed to her successes.

Prodoehl also forecasted what qualities she's seeking from the college she eventually decides on pledging her commitment to plus much more during our feature interview. 

Interview Topics

  • 0:00 - Episode Introduction 
  • 0:30 - Highlighting Evelyn's accomplishments this season
  • 1:45 - Evelyn providing an overview of the season from her perspective 
  • 2:15 - A great summer training block led to her being sharp early in the season 
  • 4:40 - The confidence and strong mind-set established due to early season success 
  • 5:25 - Highlighting the RunningLane national title winning effort 
  • 6:25 - Competing with a more composed approach at RL than during the Ohio season
  • 8:00 - Her standing amongst some of the best Ohio high school girls season in recent history
  • 9:50 - Why she chose to pursue RunningLane instead of the Nike or Foot Locker series' 
  • 11:10 - Discussing potential 2024 cross country goals
  • 12:10 - Summarizing her improvement ascent over the years 
  • 14:15 - What her focus events will be for the indoor and outdoor track seasons 
  • 15:15 - Where she's at right now with scheduled time off and then ramping training back up 
  • 16:30 - The possibility of racing at some of the various national meets or big regional invitationals 
  • 17:25 - Commenting on what qualities she's interested in for the college she eventually commits to 
  • 18:45 - What she did with her teammates following RunningLane in Alabama
  • 19:10 - Episode Closing

Photo Credit: Gabriel Nieland - MileSplit