Salute to Seniors: Fourth Wave

Name: Lauren Ada

School: The Lutheran High School of Kansas City

Q: What does your training look like right now given the current situation?

A: Our distance coach makes a weekly schedule of our distance and speed workouts, so he sends us a picture of the sheet so we can be getting our runs in on our own.

Q: What are you doing to stay busy other than run right now?

A: I've spent lots of time with my family, playing games. I've also enjoyed napping and reading.

Q: What was your most memorable race/moment?

A: At the 2019 track sectionals meet, I was in 4th throughout the 2 mile race. Around the last 100, I was passed and I wasn't about to let that happen. So I gave it all I got and "sprinted" as fast as I could to the finish, securing my spot at the state competition and a new PR. I was a second away from tying the school record.

Q: What was the funniest thing that happened during your running career?

A: I was running the 4x800 and both of my braids came undone. I was a bit embarrassed, but I got my hair ties back :) 

Q: Who would you consider your biggest competition over your four years?

A: I'm not actually sure. I mostly tried to focus on improving myself and my times. There were definitely a lot of people who pushed me a lot though! Im just not good at remembering names or schools.

Q: What was your greatest accomplishment?

A: My sophomore year was my first year running cross country so I didn't know what to expect for the season. But I was able to compete as one of the top runners on my team. I was also individual district champ :)

Q: If you could do it all over again what would you change about your running career in high school?

A: I have a bad habit of getting in my head as the season begins, so if I could go back, I would probably work more on my mentality going into each season and see how that helps the rest.

Q: What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?

A: Other than this year's uncertainty about the season, getting out of my head is a big thing for me.

Q: What will you miss the most?

A: I'll definitely miss my team and track coaches

Q: What advice would you give to younger athletes?

A: just do what you can do, don't get discouraged, and have lots of fun with it!

Q: What kind of an impact has your coach had on you and your team?

A: Our track distance coach always so encouraging and has such a positive attitude, which helps us get even more pumped for the season.

Q: What are your college plans?

A: I will be attending Concordia University- Nebraska to study early childhood education. I have signed to run cross country and indoor/outdoor track there.

Q: Who would you like to say 'thank you' to?

A: My coaches and parents for putting up with me, pushing me to do better, and for encouraging me. 

Q: Is there anything else you'd like to add?

A: To all the other seniors~ hang in there y'all!!