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Photo: Tennessee's Chelsea Blaase, right, a St. Joseph native, leads the pack en route to winning the 3,000-meter run at the SEC Indoor Meet in Fayetteville, Ark., last month. Photo by Gunnar Rathbun/AP

Get to know Chelsea Blaase

Pre-race food: Spaghetti and meatballs. "That’s always my go-to meal thenight before."

Post-race treat: Pizza. Blaase likes her pizza with everything on it —meat and veggies.

Music: The music that pumps her up before a competition is Fall Out Boyand ACDC.

Books: Two of her favorites are "Once a Runner" by John Parker and"Seabiscuit" by Laura Hillenbrand.

Future career: Blaase wants to become a physician assistant.

Jodi Heckel, a writer for the University of Illinois News Bureau, is a runner and triathlete. Her email is, and you can follow her on twitter (@jodiheckel).