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Name: Kristin Cook
School: Snow Canyon
What was your most memorable race/throw/jump/vault/moment?
I have a lot of memorable moments, one of my most memorable races is probably my state 200m Junior year, right before this race we realized we were going to win the girls team championship. This whole race we came together as a team and it was just so much fun. We crossed that line together and knew we had won. Second being this year at the BYU invite 100 and 200 finals, where I raced against some of my closest friends, Sarah Ballard, Marianne Barber, and Amare Harllan, as well as when the four of us were able to run a relay together at Great Southwest. Lastly I would say My 200m prelims race at the Nike Outdoor Nationals, after racing and getting a pr I was filled with so much joy, especially knowing I had made the finals. That joy is what racing is all about.
Who would you consider your biggest competition over your four years?
I would say over the years my biggest competition was my mind. Having to overcome me not believing I was good enough. These last two years I really broke through that with the help of my teammates and competitors, racing against them during practices and meets.
What was your greatest accomplishment?
I think my greatest accomplishment was being able to break the 200m 4A state record.
If you could do it all over again what would you change about your running career in high school?
I don't think I would really change much, just taking in every moment a little more, especially the hard practices. I loved everything about my high school career. Although, I do wish I could get rid of the wind.
What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
As I mentioned a little before just being able to believe in myself, I was really able to do this with the help of my teammates and competitors but more so with the help of my coaches. I can confidently say Snow Canyon has the BEST coaching staff in the state. There were a lot of heart-to-heart talks that really helped my athletic performance probably more than some of the training. Knowing my coaches and teammates saw the best in me and believed I could accomplish so much really helped my success.
What will you miss the most?
I'm really going to miss my warrior family, at times this was my only family even if they didn't really know it. I love and believe in every single one of them!
What advice would you give to younger athletes?
Mainly I would say enjoy it all, the hard practices, the coach's jokes, the bus rides (don't ride with your parents), the meets even the ones you don't do your best, the recovery, team activities, everything you're able to. It goes by way faster than you can run a 100m.
What influence has your coach had with respect to your performance and overall life goals?
My coaches have been a HUGE part of my success, they helped me so much and gave it real to me when I needed it. They deserve at least half the credit for where I'm at today.
What are your college plans?
I'm super excited to run at the University of Hawaii!!
Who would you like to say 'thank you' to?
Everyone who has helped me out in any way, this ride has been long and hard but I'm so grateful for everyone who was able and willing to help me on the way.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Woody out! #SCTILDIE