Corona, Warnick ready to take off to New Englands
Published 2:39 pm, Thursday, March 1, 2012
Two Fairfield high school runners have earned the opportunity to be the best in New England.
Both racers were in awe of the venue, which houses the New England race every year, but also numerous college and high profile meets throughout the year.
"It's a privilege to go up there," Warnick said.
"It's humbling," Corona said.
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Corona, a senior, will race in the 1,000-meter race thanks to his fourth-place finish in the event at State Open. Corona is making his first trip to race in Boston, as he overcame a dreadful junior year marred by injury and sickness.
"I didn't recover until the end of outdoor season," Corona said. "I've been diligent with my health this year and that's why I've been able to succeed."
Warnick is making his second straight trip to regionals, qualifying in two events for the second straight year. Warnick will go in the 1,600-meter race and 3,200 race-- the same events he came finished ninth and 11th, respectively, in 2011. His races will be 90 minutes apart, starting at 5 p.m.
"I felt good doing two last year," Warnick said. "I'm excited for it."
The Warde standout felt some trepidation prior to his races a year ago, but is a year older and deems himself much wiser.
"I was really nervous going in," Warnic said. "
Corona also was nervous in his State Open race, citing a lack of experience in big races. However, simply reaching New Englands is the cherry on top.
"I'm not used to running with the big dogs," he said. "I'm just going to relish the experience, have fun an do well. Just getting to this point is the big thing for me."
However, Corona's high school career will not end after his 6:30 p.m. race on Friday. He's also qualified for the New Balance indoor nationals next weekend at The Armory in New York in the 1,000 and the 4x800 medley. Corona will skip the 1,000, but still run in the 4x8.
Despite tough fields, both Warnick and Corona have lofty goals for their races.
"I'd like to finish in the top-three in Connecticut and top-10 in the race," Corona said.
"I think I can go top-five in the mile and two-mile," Warnick said. "But I'd like to medal in both."