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Food for moving faster

Christina Walter doesn’t have time to eat badly, though she admits it’s hard to resist sweets. But you don’t get to be the second fastest high school girl in New York State by having a bunch of “cheat days” when it comes to eating.

The 17-year-old Maple Grove High School student capped her junior year by running the 100-meter dash in 11.98 seconds earlier this month in the state track championships in Middletown.

What foods help you get that extra burst of energy during a race?

I don’t really eat that differently on days that I have a meet. I just kind of eat a little bit more so it will last longer, because I don’t like to eat super close to when I’m running.

What are the staples of your diet?

Mueslix for breakfast most of the time. At school for snacks, I have a lot of Greek yogurt and I get these bars – they’re made out of dates and they’re chocolate flavored. They’re not sweetened with sugar, they’re just fruit. For lunch I’ll just have leftovers from dinner and for dinner I eat fish sometimes. I don’t eat a lot of beef, but I have chicken or bison.

What foods do you avoid at all costs?

During track season, I didn’t eat sweets the entire time.

What foods are hardest to resist?

Ice cream. Probably Perry’s White Lighting. It’s dark chocolate with mint fudge swirls.

– Scott Scanlon