"Individually, it really is all mental," she said. "I can push myself."
Instead of aiming for a specific time, the goals Arnold is setting for herself in the state meet are in increments. After running all season, she'll know the other runners she wants to be next to or ahead of to give herself the best chance of winning. The rest will be down to what Widener calls a natural ability.
"I have not seen this since a couple of girls we had years ago, in 2006," Widener said. "I haven't had as many runners that run naturally as fast, just because that's what's in them. She reminds me of them a lot. They have that natural fire, and so does she."