20 Questions for the Class of 2020 — Chelsea McDonald, S&S, Track

Jason Della Rosa
Herald Democrat
S&S' Chelsea McDonald says her biggest lesson learned is never to assume you'll get another chance to compete. Be grateful for every race you get to run and go all out.

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 Tarleton State University majoring in digital media.

Superstitions, rituals or traditions before or after competing: Never let your baton touch the ground!

Song or music that prepares you for competition: Anything upbeat.

Favorite subject/class: Culinary class.

Favorite teacher and why: Ms. Wear my math teacher because if it wasn’t for her I would be horrible at math.

Favorite coach and why: Coach Ross. He’s been my basketball and track coach for three years and he’s made me into the athlete I am today.

Best teammate and why: Baylee Hix. She’s with me in every sport and we both push each other to be the best we can be. I couldn’t ask for a better best friend.

Best high school sports memory: When we won the district girls track meet last year.

Best high school non-sports memory: Every moment I got to spend with my best friends.

What you love about your sport: What I love about track is being able to clear your head and just compete. It’s such a mental sport but the feeling you get after winning a race is amazing.

Favorite sports movie and why: “The Miracle Season.” It’s heart-warming and shows the love athletes have for their teammates.

Describe the S&S Class of 2020: The problem child.

Biggest lesson learned: Never to assume you’ll get another chance to compete. Be grateful for every race you get to run and go all out.

Biggest influence in your life: Coach Ross because from the minute I met him I knew that he truly cared about us and he was there to turn our program around and that’s exactly what he did. I can’t thank him enough for taking a chance on little old S&S.

Athlete you look up to: Hunter Woodhall.

Reaction to the season being cancelled: Tears. A lot of tears.

Message to your teammates: I wish we would’ve had the chance to run our last races together and to have a proper goodbye. I’m going to miss every one of you but I know that you’re all going to do great in the years to come.

Message to your freshman self: There’s a lot I would tell my freshman self but most importantly I would say to enjoy it, because it’s over faster than you think and you’ll miss it. Even the parts you don’t think you will.

Thing you won’t miss at all: Running against the wind.

Thing you will miss the most: My team. They mean the absolute world to me and I’m so thankful to have been a part of each of their lives.