OSAGE | For Katie Mostek, her first year of coaching the Osage girls cross country team comes on the heels of years spent as the assistant coach.

She said the team has had a lot of successful seasons, including being conference champs the past four years and making it to state the last three years. 

"We have a lot of newcomers on the team, and we'll need to work with them to get them ready," she said. 

As coach, she helps keep her athletes motivated to run and improve their times, while achieving personal goals. 

“I try to do a lot of the workouts with them,” Mostek said. “It pushes them. We talk a lot. I spend a lot of time talking to them and getting them to talk to me."

If she sees someone struggling, Mostek says she tries to find out what's causing it. 

"Typically, it’s something personal and I try to find out where the issues are coming from. It helps them to have someone to talk to," she said. "It also helps that the older girls are really good about motivating the younger ones.”

Mostek, who has run since junior high, brings her love and passion for the sport to her coaching position. She said she's learned how to stay injury-free after running competitively in high school. 

"I learned running is something you can love all of your life," she said. "You can still race, and you can still compete as an adult and that is something I want to pass on to them - a lifelong love of running.”

Mostek said she tells her girls to "be the best they can be individually."

"I don’t expect them to be something they are not, just to give their best," she said. 

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