Owls athlete a triple-threat


For The Tribune

Abby Voss enjoyed running while in middle school, so when she entered Seymour High School she knew she wanted to compete in cross-country and track.

Voss has flourished in both sports.

She ran in the state cross-county meet three years, and helped the 4×800 relay team set the school record and qualify for the regional her sophomore year.

Voss sat out the track season last spring, and said she missed it so she decided to come back out this spring.

“They are training me for mid-distance,” she said of the upcoming season. “I’ll run the 800 and 4×800 (relay), so I’m doing a lot of sprints. My freshman and sophomore years I mainly ran the mile and 800.

“I love the relay. I don’t like the 800. The 800 individual I just have a different attitude. My best 800 times came in the 4×8 relay. I like to run either second or third in the relay.”

She said her goal this spring is to run her split faster than 2:25.

“I’m working toward that,” Voss said. “I want to work harder than I have in the past in track. I’m a senior so I have to have a better attitude, and I have to be a leader.”

Voss was the No. 3 cross-country runner for the Owls last fall. She said her career-best time was the 19:41, which she ran as a sophomore at the Batesville Invitational.

“I like the big meets,” Voss said. “There is more competition so I push myself harder than in the little meets. My favorite course is Brown County. (State) was a long course but it helped me push myself up the hills and I just had to remember to take my tangents. It just feels longer. I did like flat courses better.”

Swimming was a new sport for Voss her junior year.

“Me and Abby Davis decided to try something new,” Voss said. “It was not what I expected. It took dedication and discipline. We loved it.”

She enjoyed swimming the freestyles, and the 200 freestyle was her favorite relay.

“The freestyle was pretty much the only stroke I could do right,” Voss admitted. “I liked the 100 freestyle. In the relay I liked swimming one of the middle spots because swimming first was too much pressure.

“I liked the home meets. (The fans) were pretty hyped. Everything felt familiar. We were in there every day so I felt more comfortable. I had my fastest times there. I liked seeing all my friends.”

She said she always tries to give her best effort during practices.

“Practice is really important,” Voss said. “You have to build endurance and strength. If you skip practice you’re not going to do well in the meets. You have to run with your heart. You have to dig deep and ‘gut’ it out.”

Voss said she likes that the school offers students several choices in the class room, in athletics and joining clubs and organizations.

“I like the organizations,” Voss said. “The teachers are great and friendships are awesome. I’ll remember the good memories. I don’t care about the bad ones.”

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Name: Abby Voss

School: Seymour High School

Parents: Brenda and Earl Voss

Siblings: Jacob, Betsy, Sam, Maggie, Ben, Elen, Joe, Josh, Caleb, Mollie, Rachael, Sarah, Stephen, Andrew, Laura

Sports: cross-country 4 years, track 3 years, swimming 2 years

Athletic highlights: CC-went to state 3 times; track- 2016 regional qualifier in 4×800 relay, school record

Organizations: National Honor Society, band, D.A.R.E role model

Plans after high school: attend Purdue University, study nursing

Favorite food: Chick-fil-A

Favorite TV show: The Office

Favorite singers: The Chain-smokers, Post Malone


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