Salute to Seniors: Cydney Banks

When did you first start running, and do you recall any of your childhood races?
I started throwing shot put in 8th grade and I started throwing discus in 9th grade.

Was there a certain moment when you realized you'd be able to compete at such a high level?
My sophomore year I finally broke 40 feet in shot at conference and I thought maybe I can actually get far with this.

What are some bumps in the road that you've encountered when it comes to training for different events during the season?
Those really bad practice days can get to you mentally so I've learned that you have to fight through those days to end on a good note at least.

How did COVID impact your training as you prepared for the season?
I didn't really get to have much preseason training this year because I was still doing cheer related things. This year our state practices for cheer didn't end until February because of COVID.

Is there another track event you wish you were good at? What is appealing about it?
I always wanted to see how I would hold up running the 400/ 4x4, I haven't ran since freshman year and even then I never ran the 400. I just think the energy at the end of the meet and everyone watching you and rooting for you seems fun.

What are some hobbies and interests you have outside of running?
I like reading and hanging out with my friends.

Who is your role model, and why?
My Mom is my role model. She's so resilient and such a hard worker and she's pretty cool. I aim to be like her.

What is the best advice you have received?
Leave it all in the ring.

What is your favorite pre-race snack, tradition, etc.?
I like to eat wings before meets.

If you could do a sport other than XC/Track, what sport would it be, and why?
Basketball, It looks so fun to play.

Any Final Shout outs?
My throws coach, Coach Cooper andHead Coach Jesse Griffin. Thank you for pushing me to be the best!