With the spring sports season cancelled by the UIL because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Herald Democrat is putting a spotlight on the seniors who had their high school careers abruptly come to an end.
College plans: Attend UNT and major in kinseology and become a high-school coach and educator.
Song or music that prepares you for competition: Usually depends on how I feel — anything from Staind to country.
Favorite subject/ class: English. Writing comes easy for me.
Favorite teacher and why: Mrs. Clarke. I always had fun in her class and always learned a lot from her!
Favorite coach and why: I would have to say all three of my older brothers: Coach C, Coach Casto and Coach Castorena. I choose them because they have had the greatest influence in my life. They push every individual to their limit and continue to strive and make each of their athletes not only to be the best on the field or track but every aspect of their life.
Best teammate and why: Bri Carr. She’s been my best friend on and off the field but she’s also a hard worker. She bought into the program and never took a day for granted.
Best high school sports memory: Being a regional finalist and receiving all-Texomaland with my 4x4 girls!
Best high school non sport memory: Beach trip with Bri Carr.
Favorite sports movie and why: "Friday Night Lights." It goes to show that any and anybody can compete for a state title; it just takes hard work.
Describe the Gunter Class of 2020: Often doubted but we all have overcame much. People may say we’re just average but what they don’t know is we work hard.
Biggest lesson learned: Don’t wait until tomorrow and yesterday’s work is not sufficient enough. Whatever dreams and goals you have in mind you need to go out now, or today, and everyday until you get there because nothing is guaranteed and before you know it, it’s over. And you won’t have tomorrow to look forward to. Every day show up and do the work. Don’t wait.
What you love about your sport: What I love most about track is what it did for me. It made me a better person. It made me selfless, passionate and hardworking. It has prepared me for my future.
Biggest influence: My mother. She has created a culture and motto within our family that hard work is always the answer. If I’m half the women she is, I’ll be so successful in life.
Athlete you look up to: Kobe Bryant. He had the mentality that he would never be outworked and ultimately I went into every practice telling myself that I would not be outworked.
Reaction to the season being cancelled: Devastating. I think me and my mile relay teammates realized how close we were last year and we finally knew that this was the year to finally get there. We just wanted the opportunity to finally be running at Mike A. Myers Stadium. But not much could be done. So now onto the next chapter of my life.
Message to your teammates: Work hard every day and never take a day for granted.
Message to my freshman self: Thank you for buying into the program at such a young age and working so hard. Hard work pays off.
Things you won’t miss at all: Gut checks. Worst time of my life.
Things you will miss the most: Competing and winning. Seeing the aftermath of hard work.