Newport Harbor High girls' track and field coach Eric Tweit said it's tough to get any words out of Paige Tennison.
She isn't the most vocal athlete. Even when she talks, it's in a soft tone.
In running, none of that matters to the Newport Harbor High sophomore. Her time in the 3,200-meter run last weekend was loud, deafening even.
Tweit brought his first-year competitive runner to a first-year event, the Irvine Distance Carnival at Irvine High April 9.
"Distance carnivals are starting to take off," Tweit said. "Most of the reason they're taking off is they're so easy to run. They don't have field events, they don't have hurdles. Usually they don't even have blocks."
Tennison knows about taking off. Her running career has done just that this year. She showed it again in what she said was just her third time running the 3,200 meters.
She crossed the finish line first in the invitational race in 11 minutes, 7.75 seconds, a personal record. She was seventh in the 1,600 in 5:15.27, also a personal-best.