South Kingstown's Ellie Lawler got her first taste of national competition by competing at the Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego two years ago. She took advantage of the situation by placing 12th overall and earning All-American status. Lawler is back at Foot Locker this weekend where she'll compete against 39 of the best runners in the country. She'll answer the gun today at 12:15 p.m. EST. Here what Lawler had to say in her pre-race interview with the MileSplit staff on Friday.