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 Texas A&M and study in the pre-vet program and become a veterinarian.
Superstitions, rituals or traditions before or after competing: I always stretch at least two races before my race and right before. Every time I jump in high jump I take three deep breathes and go.
Song or music that prepares you for competition: Whatever my teammates are playing on the speaker.
Favorite subject/class: Math, surprisingly.
Favorite teacher and why: Mr. Strickland. He has always believed in me and both times we went to Austin for UIL State he would wear a Tech shirt and I would wear an A&M shirt while walking around town.
Favorite coach and why: Mrs. Coach Patton. She is hands down the best coach I have ever had the privilege of being coached by and she is more than just a coach. She has always been there for many struggles I have faced on and off the court.
Best teammate and why: My girl Carly Hough. She’s been there since the beginning and she’s good competition so she always kept me on my toes. She’s also one of my best friends.
Best high school sports memory: The moment I realized we had won state in volleyball and I sprinted onto the court with the rest of my team and hearing our entire town cheering us on.
Best high school non-sports memory: Almost every memory I have from Spanish with Coach Mejia. He always knew how to make class fun and interesting. Donkey down, something’s up.
What you love about your sport: Track is so easygoing and fun and the fact that my dad was able to be there with me on the track throughout it all.
Favorite sports movie and why: “Dodgeball.” If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.
Describe the Tioga Class of 2020: Definitely a class that has faced many trials throughout our years in high school but have always persevered.
Biggest lesson learned: Don’t sweat the small stuff and sometimes no reaction is better than overreacting.
Biggest influence in your life: My parents. I strive to have a life and a marriage like they do one day and they support me no matter what crazy antics I put them through.
Athlete you look up to: Tim Duncan. He’s one of my dad’s favorite athletes and I grew up watching him with my dad.
Reaction to the season being cancelled: I was extremely disappointed. This was my last chance to break my own school record for high jump. I felt like there was so much potential that never got the chance to be achieved.
Message to your teammates: Don’t complain. Life is way easier if you can just take things like a duck. Also have fun and don’t take anything for granted!
Message to your freshman self: Focus on yourself and don’t sweat the small stuff; you’re gonna achieve great things.
Thing you won’t miss at all: Coach Leverett’s and Coach Perryman’s track workouts. We would always lift BEFORE we ran and it was miserable.
Thing you will miss the most: Coach Leverett and Coach Perryman never giving up on me and for having so much faith in me. They would support me in every event they decided to throw me in and it was the best feeling in the world knowing that I had two amazing coaches that always had my back. I’m truly going to miss them so much.