Now with her plaque in her possession, the former girls cross country captain can also lay claim to being a Triton trailblazer.
“I knew that I was the first girl to get it,” said Lojek. “That’s not something that everybody does, and younger girls have come up to me and said, ‘That’s what I want to do, I want to win the Ironman too.’ To hear them say that and to hear that I have opened their eyes to that is really an amazing feeling.”
“Distance running is a grind, it’s a chore,” said Colbert. “It’s definitely a lifestyle. So, for anybody to get (the Ironman) is remarkable. And for a young lady to be the first one to get it, yeah, that’s a milestone.”
Making Lojek, and in fact any Triton runner’s accomplishments all the more impressive is the fact that they have been without a home track for the past two years after the track at the Byfield school was condemned.
“It was kind of disappointing when our coach told us that we were not going to have any meets there, because that is our home,” Lojek said. “That’s where we train every day. But we decided to go with it, we didn’t really have a choice. We had to suck it up and take it for what it was.”
Currently funds are being raised to meet the $2.5 million needed as part of the Triton Stadium Revitalization Project. But at the moment, no groundbreaking date has been set.
“Not having a home track is obviously disappointing,” said Colbert. “It’s frustrating for the kids. They never get to participate in a track meet at their home school. Pretty soon, we’re going to get to the point where we don’t have anybody on our team whose ever had a home track. That’s sad. User fees are pretty high and everyone is paying a pretty good amount in property taxes to have kids going to school, and not even have the facility to be able to do this, I think that’s pretty disappointing.”