Pioneer Focus: Tayler Carpenter

 

PEDIGREE: This week’s Pioneer Focus goes to freshman track and field athlete Tayler Carpenter for her stellar performance at the Stark County Challenge in North Canton on March 16-17.

In the meet, the Fredericktown High School graduate was the only athlete to have multiple wins for the women’s team. She won both the high jump and the long jump competitions. In the high jump she won with a 4-11 leap and in the long jump she recorded a 15-3 1/2 jump.

Despite the women’s team finishing in third place out of three teams, Carpenter was still able to gather a team-best 23 points for her efforts. Besides her wins she racked up points in the 100-meter dash and the 4×100 meter relay.

In the 100 she finished in second with a time of 13.23 seconds and in the 4×100 relay she contributed to a second place 52.30 second finish.

Freshman Tayler Carpenter leaps over the high jump pole in the Stark County Challenge in North Canton. Carpenter won this event and the long jump in the meet on March 16-17. (Photo courtesy of Andy Smith)

Get to know the Spanish major and missions minor Tayler Carpenter…

Q: Favorite food?

A: I love barbecue boneless chicken wings!

Q: Love, like or hate Ryan Hall?

A: Like

Q: Favorite athlete? 

A: Jesse Owens

Q: Something most people don’t know about you?

A: I’m left handed, and along the lines of track, I’m the record holder of the long jump at my high school.

Q: What is the thing you like most about track?

A: I love that you can always tell when you are improving and there is no question how well you are doing because the statistics really do show everything.

Q: How, who and why did you run when you were younger?

A: I ran at Fredericktown High School and Middle School and I really just started doing track because everyone did it in junior high.

I kept going into high school and realized that “hey, I wasn’t too bad!” So I pushed myself and became dedicated to really reaching my potential.

Q: Who is your role model and why?

A:  My role model is probably Stephen Nzishura because of how much he has dedicated his life to the Lord.

He never tries to make people think he’s perfect, but instead he accepts his imperfections and lets the Lord use them to build him into a stronger person.

Q: Favorite fast food outlet? 

A: Taco Bell! It is a great late night food source.

Q: Best and worst part of college athletics?

A: Best: Getting to reach your full potential and be part of a team that supports one another.

Worst: All the aches and pains!

Q: Least favorite rule at Malone?

A: Probably visiting hours just because it can be really inconvenient when you want to hang out with friends.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A: I see myself in South America doing missions work somewhere. All the details are still up to the Lord and I know He’ll show me in his perfect timing.

Chris Sherwood is sports editor for The Aviso AVW.

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