August 5th – Interview with Warsaw's Ellis Coon
By: Drake Sterling
Late this summer, we at IR got a chance to catch up with Warsaw Senior, Ellis Coon. Coon is a two-time All State athlete and heading into his last year with big goals. Coon finished eighth at last years’ IHSAA State XC Finals. This was a follow up to his 9th place personal best at the 2012 State Track Meet in which he ran 4:13.72 as just a sophomore!
Ellis unfortunately missed this past outdoor season with a serious case of plantar faciitis. It was a crushing blow to what could have been a potential State Championship opportunity. This past indoor season, he won the 3200m run at the Hoosier State Relays in a personal best 9:19.40.
Coon is currently ranked as the Indiana Runner Preseason #5 All State athlete. That could obviously change if he is able to make a successful comeback from this Spring’s injury like he talks about below:
IR: First of all, can you enlighten our crowd as to the injury that forced your 2013 track season to an end?
EC: Well first off, I’ve always had chronically tight Achilles so the doctors said that they caused my plantar fascia to begin tearing off of my heel, the classic plantar fasciitis.
IR: How long did the injury sideline you from running?
EC: Well I took the week off before the Miracle Mile in hopes of being able to compete for the win as I thought I could, and through the warm up it was fine but it felt like it basically blew up at the start of the 3rd lap so hopes for a good race quickly diminished. After that race I took 4 days off then did 4 weeks of training, but after trying to race again I took 5 weeks off and began training for cross!
IR: It’s good to hear that while the injury ended your track season, it wasn’t so serious as to threaten your senior XC season. How has summer training for you been going thus far?
EC: Training has been going really well. Myself and the whole WC gang have been looking really strong so we’re really excited to see where we actually are at Huntington where we start our season.
IR: What are your goals for this season and have they changed at all since track ended so abruptly?
EC: I really want to break the 15 minute barrier, and make top 3 in the state meet; I’m not sure if I am in that kind of shape yet, but those are the goals and that’s what I’m training for. My goals are the same as they were at the end of last XC season.
IR: You are in a different role than last year, in which you had fellow studs Jacob Poyner and Robert Murphy to train with. How has losing them as teammates changed your outlook on training?
EC: Training hasn’t been changed at all, we have 6 guys who have really stepped up and are running well. In actuality we have guys who can pressure me in practice and who are going to be really good this season, potentially all-state competitors. We are in the middle of our team camp at Chain O’Lakes as I type this, and we are getting some great training in! For instance, our easy run this morning turned into an impromptu 11 mile run (we got lost). But on a more serious note we are aiming for another podium finish at state and we’re putting in the miles for it.
IR: Thank you, Ellis and good luck to you and the Tigers!
EC: Thanks for the opportunity to address all the Hoosier Harriers out there!