Recent Triton graduate Victoria Lojek is a distance runner, running long and hard enough to become her alma mater’s first woman to win the Triton Track Ironman Award.
“I’ve put a lot of work into it, so it is great to be recognized,” Lojek said. “It’s something I’ve really been working towards and it makes me happy to think about that.”
The Ironman is given to a deserving graduating senior who has completed 12 seasons of a running sport (cross country, indoor, outdoor track).
“She’s obviously someone who just loves running,” Triton track coach Joe Colbert said of Lojek. “Running is a big part of her life and the amount of time and hours and miles that these kids run in one season is daunting. So, to do it for 12 seasons in a row just tells you what kind of kid she is, she’s really committed. And her commitment to her team was impressive. She was really, truly loved by her team.”
Colbert made Lojek aware she might qualify for the Ironman two years ago.
“After outdoor track in my sophomore season, my coach came up to me and told me I was going for the Ironman Award,” said Lojek. “And that kind of took me aback because I was not expecting it. But from that moment on, it became the goal.”
Lojek, started running for the Vikings in sixth grade, racking up a personal best of 6:34 in the mile and a 24:05 in cross-country. Keeping her around year after year was the fact that the track program agreed with her personality.
“Everyone’s always supporting each other,” Lojek said. “And it’s an individual sport as well as a team sport. So, everyone knows what you’re going through in your race. The cheering on the sidelines (is great). We also have sleepovers and hang out and stuff. The team atmosphere is really amazing.”