Salute To Seniors: Ronnie Walker (Juab)

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Name: Ronnie Walker

School: Juab

What was your most memorable race/throw/jump/vault/moment?

    My most memorable race was the 100m finals at state my sophomore year. I was ranked 2nd going in. The whole season my times were never faster than the girl that was ranked first. I was beyond nervous. But as soon as I got in the blocks it was go time. I remember the feeling of exploding out of the blocks, and taking the lead at the start. The rest of the race is a blur but I remember the total satisfaction as I was the first one to cross the finish line. That is when I realized I loved being the underdog!

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

    I would say my biggest competition over the years has been Izzy Hightower and Jade Wimmer. We are all in the same grade and have been competing with each other since 8th grade. They have always kept me on my toes and pushing me to be better than I was yesterday. It has been fun running with them all these years.

What was your greatest accomplishment?

    My greatest accomplishment is not really my biggest accomplishment. I have to say that my greatest accomplishment is when I broke 13 seconds my freshman year. That was the first moment when I realized that all my hard work had payed off and it made me hungry to see what else I was capable of.

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

    If I could do it all over again I would enjoy it more. I got so wrapped up in reaching my goals and being nervous about who I was racing that sometimes I found myself forgetting the reason why I do this sport. I do it because I love it. I love the adrenaline rush that comes before every race. It is so satisfying to see all the practices pay off.

What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?

    The most difficult obstacle I had to overcome was being confident in myself and not worrying about who was in my heat. You can ask any of my coaches I was a nut case as an underclass men. When I saw I was in heats with people that I idolized and I watched them run times that I wanted to run I lost it. I couldn't believe that I was in heats with them because I didn't think that I was good enough and that there had to have been a mistake somewhere. I eventually realized that it doesn't matter who is in my heat and I honestly do better when I am ranked dead last.

What will you miss the most?

    I will miss my team and coaches the most. They have become some of my best friends and I love all of my coaches. I could always count on my coaches to have my back. My team even calls one of our coaches "mom" because he is caring and makes sure we are prepared... like a mom.

What advice would you give to younger athletes?

    My advice I would give to the younger class men is to be grateful and enjoy every single opportunity you get to do the thing you love. Because as we are all experiencing tomorrow is not promised. As of right now I competed once this outdoor season and it was a practice meet and I did not want to be there. Now I look back and wish I would have tried harder and been more grateful. So live in the moment! Be present in every experience you have!

What influence has your coach had with respect to your performance and overall life goals?

    My coach has taught me to be confident in myself. To believe in what I'm capable of and not worry about anyone else when I run or jump. And that mindset has totally carried over in other parts of my life. I was a shy timid freshman and now I'm a student body officer as a senior.

What are your college plans?

    For college I committed to run and jump for SUU. I am beyond excited for that opportunity and I can't wait to be apart of that amazing team! I'm not positive what I want to major in but I'm thinking exercise science or nutrition.

Who would you like to say thank you to?

    Oh man there is so many people I need to say thank you too! Well first off my #1 supporters... my mom and dad.They were always there and I'm so grateful for them.Thanks to my teammates for making practice fun and for cheering each other on.Thank you to my coaches. You each made me feel like I was important and taught me the importance of sticking together as a team.Thanks to all my competitors.I loved chasing you guys haha! You all pushed me to do the best I possibly could.Thank you for not only being a dang good competitor but also amazing friends.You guys are some of the best people know so thank you