The Elk Lake cross country runner won the Class 1A girls race at the PIAA Foundation Invitational in Hershey in 20:02, 10 seconds better than Portage’s Lauren Shaffer. She also won her Lackawanna League meet in 19:01.8. Here’s more from her Athlete of the Week interview:
Family: Dad, Bill; mom, Abby; brothers, Luke, Peyton and Kendel; and sisters, Kenzie and Keri.
Are there any athletes you admire? Michael Jordan, Eliud Kipchoge
Do you have any favorite sports teams? No.
If you could have three dinner guests, who would they be? Sadie Robertson, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood.
So, Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood. I assume country music is your favorite? Is Carrie Underwood your favorite artist? Yes, I like country music the most. And sure, I’ll say she’s my favorite.
Do you play any other sports? Yes, I run track in the spring and play basketball (at guard) in the winter.
Any rituals or superstitions? Our whole team, before every race, says a group prayer. The girls team also gets together to say, “bring it all, leave it all.”
Favorite food? Tacos.
Who’s been the biggest influence on your sports career? Mr. (Will) Squier, my cross country and track coach.
Any post-high school plans? I’m still figuring it out, but I would like to go to school to be a physician’s assistant. I’m also planning to run in college.
When and why did you start running? I started running competitively in seventh grade, but I’ve been running since I was really little — five or six years old. It’s kind of a family tradition at this point. My older brother went to a track camp at Elk Lake and Mr. Squier saw him there and was like, “oh this kid’s gotta run.” He got him to come out for cross country and he ended up being really good at it. We all just took after him, I guess.
What are your goals, individual and as a team, this season? Individually, I would like to do well at districts and medal at states. And, as a team, we’re hoping to qualify for states.