Pedigree: This week’s Pioneer Focus is awarded to junior Emily Fisher, who posted another school record in the 400-meter hurdles while competing at the Raleigh Relays hosted by North Carolina State University on Saturday. Fisher was coming off a week where she broke a 13-year-old school record in the event. Fisher broke her own record of 1:03.34 that she pocketed last week by reaching a new record time of 1:02.50 to finish 18th among 90 competitors in the field.
Get to know the runner from Stark County…
Major: Public Health Promotion
High school: McKinley
Q: What are your summer plans?
A: Just working and training. I also am looking to get an internship for my major.
Q: Do you have friends outside your sport?
A: I do, but most of my friends I met through running. A lot of the girls that I’m actually really close with came from Stark County, and we kind of knew each other before we got here, and then once we got here, we became really close.
Q: Who are some of your heroes?
A: My mom and also my grandmother.
Q: Celebrity crush?
A: Liam Hemsworth
Q: Biggest fear?
A: My biggest fear is disappointing other people.
Q: Favorite aspect about track?
A: I get really nervous before a competition, but it’s kind of an adrenaline rush and that’s really why I like my sport: because it’s scary and exciting at the same time.
Q: Someone who has a big influence on you? Why?
A: My coaching staff in general, not one person in particular, because they each have helped me a lot in the past few years at Malone, and I’ve been really thankful for them. They encourage me every day to be better.
Q: Summer or winter?
Q: Facebook, Twitter or Instagram?
Q: One thing most people don’t know about you?
A: I use to race BMX, and usually when I tell people that they are very surprised, so it’s kind of cool.
Q: Best team moment?
A: Probably this year’s indoor GLIAC race, because it was a hard weekend for our team because some people had bad races and others had good ones and a lot of pressure was on. I just remember the last race was the 4×4 and we ended up running our season best. It really showed the potential for the team.
Q: If you could only bring three things to a desert island, what would they be?
A: A pair of running shoes, a camera, and a journal.
Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years?
A: I hope to have a career in the field I’m pursuing. I want to get a master’s in counseling and I want to be health counseling. Honestly I know this might be really cliché, but I don’t want to be living in Ohio, I would like to be somewhere a little warmer.
Tim Woods is a sports writer for The Aviso AVW.