Salute to Seniors: Cheyenne Melvin

When did you first start running, and do you recall any of your childhood races?
I began running at the age of 8 and remember running the 400 at the Show Me's Championship

Was there a certain moment when you realized you'd be able to compete at such a high level?
I realized I had a lot of potential after winning state in the 400 as a sophomore

What are some bumps in the road that you've encountered when it comes to training for different events during the season?
Specializing in the 400 and 800 is an extremely difficult task. The two are only separated by one event and are some of the hardest races in high school track.

How did COVID impact your training as you prepared for the season?
COVID took away my most important season which made recruitment a little difficult, however I used this lockdown time to get closer to running

Where are you going to college? If you have already committed, what made you choose them?
I will be attending Arkansas State University! Both the track and academic programs fit me well and I'm so excited to see what I can do at the collegiate level

Let's discuss the college searching process. What was that like, and what schools did you look at?
This process was somewhat difficult after not having a junior season. Other schools in mind were SIU Carbondale, Illinois State, Southern University, and more

Is there another track event you wish you were good at? What is appealing about it?
No, I love the events that have chosen me :)

What are some hobbies and interests you have outside of running?
There's not much I do besides running, it's become a lifestyle

Who is your role model, and why?
Athing Mu and Ajee Wilson, two very angelic go-getters

Everyone has a bucket list, so give us some of things on your list!
2:05 summer of 2021 54 summer of 2021

What is the best advice you have received?
When your legs get tired, run with your heart

What is your favorite pre-race snack, tradition, etc.?
Salmon, broccoli and sweet potatoes the night before every meet!

Any Final Shout outs?
Huge shout out to all of my coaches who have trained me to be the athlete I am, all my supporters and of course the Most High! Without Him, I am nothing!