As part of the lead up to the 107th NYRR Millrose Games, ArmoryTrack.com will be highlighting a number of student-athletes who have qualified for the New Balance High School Mile. The New Balance High School Mile has long been a staple at the NYRR Millrose Games, with past winners including sub-four minute miler Kyle Merber and 2013 IAAF World Championships qualifier Cory Mcgee. Today's spotlight is on Pennsylvania's Marissa Sheva.
Fastest Mile - 4:50.24
ArmoryTrack.com: What's your greatest running achievement?
Marissa Sheva: My greatest achievement so far would definitely have to be winning my first state championship in the 2013 Indoor Mile.
ArmoryTrack.com: Best piece of advice someone's ever given you?
Marissa Sheva: My dad is constantly reminding me that you only ever get out of it what you put in.
ArmoryTrack.com: What are three keys to your running success?
Marissa Sheva: Staying healthy, training smart, and enjoying it!
ArmoryTrack.com: Do you have any pre-race traditions/superstitions?
Marissa Sheva: I try not to have superstitions, but who doesn't have a lucky pair of racing socks? As for traditions, I get a picture taken by the George Washington bridge every time I race at The Armory, usually during my cool-down!
ArmoryTrack.com: Who is your favorite athlete?
Marissa Sheva: Without a doubt Nick Symmonds!! (I'm hoping to bump into him again like I did at the Millrose Games last year).
ArmoryTrack.com: Favorite Pre-Race Meal?
Marissa Sheva: Fettuccini Alfredo.
ArmoryTrack.com: If you could go on a run with anyone, past or present, who would it be with?
Marissa Sheva: I would have loved the chance to run with such an iconic person in the running world as Steve Prefontaine.
ArmoryTrack.com: What are your favorite hobbies?
Marissa Sheva: Watching movies or listening to music.
ArmoryTrack.com: Favorite song?
Marissa Sheva: Pompeii by Bastille
ArmoryTrack.com: What is your favorite place to run?
Marissa Sheva: I love running at Green Lane park. There are hundreds of horse and bike trails to run on so it never gets old. As for racing, nothing beats The Armory's track!
ArmoryTrack.com: If you could be any animal, what would you be?
Marissa Sheva: I guess I would be a cheetah.
ArmoryTrack.com: Favorite Movie?
Marissa Sheva: Remember the Titans
ArmoryTrack.com: Favorite TV show?
Marissa Sheva: The Bachelor
ArmoryTrack.com: What are you most looking forward to about the NYRR Millrose Games?
Marissa Sheva: I love the atmosphere at the meet. Being able to race right before the professionals take the track is pretty exciting! The competition at Millrose this year is top-notch as always so I'm looking forward to a fast race.
Watch a video of Marissa following the NYRR Millrose Games Trials below!