Name: Ella Stevens
School: New Bloomfield
Q: What does your training look like right now given the current situation?
A: I have been doing many workouts for my abs, legs, and arms given to me by my coach. When I get the chance, I go to the nearest throwing ring and get as many decent throws in as I can.
Q: What are you doing to stay busy other than (throw) right now?
A: I have been busy with my school work and read in my spare time, besides working out.
Q: What was your most memorable race/moment?
A: Just barely passing that 100 foot mark at South Callaway during sectionals.
Q: What was the funniest thing that happened during your (throwing) career?
A: When Auburn attempted to spin on a VERY windy day and ended up throwing her glasses farther than her discus.
Q: Who would you consider to be your biggest competition over your four years?
A: Probably my own teammate, Auburn. She is amazingly talented and works hard everyday, even in the off-season. It kind of intimidates me sometimes even though she is so supportive. She inspires me to work harder and get better.
Q: What was your greatest accomplishment?
A: Making it to sectionals when I originally wasn't supposed to make it and throwing just 4 inches short of making it to state.
Q: If you could do it all over again what would you change about your (throwing) career in high school?
A: Unfortunately, I joined my sophomore year, so I wish I would have joined back in seventh grade so I could have had more experience and memories.
Q: What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
A: My self-doubt. Many times I let my mind get into some negative thoughts and it would ruin the next throw. Once I realized how much my mentality affected it, I quickly changed my mindset before stepping into the throwing ring.
Q: What will you miss the most?
A: I will miss the track meets that ran late into the night and all the athletes would gather together in the middle of the track with our blankets and gear waiting to watch the last few events and cheer on the teammates participating in them.
Q: What advice would you give to younger athletes?
A: Live in the moment, don't worry about what comes next because tomorrow's meet or practice isn't promised. Appreciate every opportunity and every memory granted and be thankful for the friends, family, and coaches who have constantly supported you all the way.
Q: What kind of an impact has your coach had on you and your team?
A: Let's just say that without his intense, passionate speeches, I would not be half the athlete I am today, and I am very grateful for the inspiration he has given me.
Q: What are your college plans?
A: I plan to attend Missouri State University to pursue and degree in Social Work.
Q: Who would you like to say 'thank you' to?
A: My coaches, teammates, friends, family, and even the competition that pushed me to be a better athlete.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?
A: Nope, thank you for this opportunity.