JAKE DANA STEVENS / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Forest City's Jen Korty (132, at left), gets off to a solid start at the Lackawanna County Commissioners XC Invitational at McDade Park on Sept. 10.  Korty won the race.

JAKE DANA STEVENS / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Forest City’s Jen Korty (132, at left), gets off to a solid start at the Lackawanna County Commissioners XC Invitational at McDade Park on Sept. 10. Korty won the race.

I scream, you scream….. you know where I’m going with this.
But athletes whose bodies need to be finely tuned generally don’t imbibe in treats like ice cream during the season.
Not Forest City’s Jen Korty. Her dad is a postal worker by trade, so when he comes home from his route, she’s hoping he makes a delivery of at least a couple of half-gallons (do we still call them by that name?) of ice cream for the family of nine.

What kind of dietary limitations do you face to stay in racing shape? I eat what I want. I just watch my portion sizes, because I love sugar and I just don’t want to give it up.

Are you an ice cream person? I love mint chocolate chip.

How many times per week should ice cream be served? Well, my dad brings it home on his way from work, like every day.

How many containers does he bring home and does it last more than a couple days? Two to four, and not really. My brothers, they eat everything in sight.

If you pick the menu, what’s for dinner? Hot wings. I could eat them all day, every day, all the time. I like mild wings, just plain. Garlic wings from Frank’s Place, they’re the best I’ve ever tasted.

What three people would you like to have dinner with? My deceased grandparents, and my family.

Have you ever taken a day where you just went for a run instead of studying for a class (she is home schooled)? It depends on what I’m reading to be honest with you. I’d much rather be sitting on the couch reading than to be going for a run.

You said your brothers are responsible for getting you into cross country. They told me I couldn’t do it so I decided to come one time to shut them up. And I decided that I really like doing it.

You also said you run 30 to 35 miles per week, in or out of season. How does that help you? I try to keep it consistent. Your body is used to it. I don’t get injured. It’s been working well for me so I just keep it there.

Which is harder, playing basketball in a big arena like you did when you won a district title, or running alone in a race? Running because you are pushing yourself and it hurts and mentally you have to keep going. It drains you.

What’s the most important part of the race to you? A strong finish. I always like to finish my races really, really strong. As soon as I see the finish or know I’m getting close to the finish, I always try to kick it, because I know if you start too late, it could be too late, and the difference between whether you win or lose.

Have you thought about where running might take you? I definitely am going to attend college and hopefully run there. And I want to make it to the Olympics one day in the 1500. I was district champ in the mile and my time kept dropping. And I like it better than the longer distances. I like it better than the shorter distances. I feel like it’s a good event for me.

Not a lot of people come in here and say they want to be in the Olympics. I always set goals for myself and try to achieve them.

Who is the most famous person in your cellphone? I don’t really have a cellphone. I don’t miss it. I figure it’s just a little computer inside your phone. I do have a cellphone for emergencies, but not when I’m out. There is a time for electronics and a time for none.