Track & field at Highland Park High

The Highland Park spring sports are starting and I decided to interview some of the track and field athletes here at Highland.

What is your name/grade?
Asiah: 10th
Ben: 9th
Jillian: 10th

What is your biggest accomplishment in your sport?
Asiah: First place in relay.
Ben: Hasn’t done track yet.
Jillian: Nothing.

What is your biggest challenge?
Asiah: Having asthma.
Ben: Getting shape before season.
Jillian: High jump.

What do you do to manage this challenge?
Asiah: Taking inhaler before running.
Ben: Make sure homework is done before going to sport.
Jillian: Pushing myself.

How is your diet different from when you’re not participating in track, and how difficult is it to control it?
Asiah: Don’t diet. No diet change.
Ben: Healthy. No.
Jillian: No, they don’t make us diet.

Is it difficult to balance school work and sports?
Asiah: No.
Ben: It can be at times like during finals.
Jillian: Yeah.

Did you have any injuries that were serious?
Asiah: Concussion in soccer.
Ben: No.
Jillian: No not yet.

Do you have advice or words of encouragement for younger kids that want to play this sport?
Asiah: If you want to get far, drive for success and don’t give up.
Ben: Don’t be scared to tryout.
Jillian: Be open minded.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
Asiah: My teams are supportive and diverse.
Ben: Not really.
Jillian: No.

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