One day, at a tennis practice at Seymour High School, Brooklyn Cole recalled her coach suggesting that she might be better suited for running.
She left the tennis courts and went over to the new track at Bulleit Stadium, and is now in her second season running with the Owls.
“(The coach) said I would be really good at track because I ran fast,” Cole said. “I mostly do the mile and the 800. Those are the only two (individual) events I’ve ran. I’ve also ran the 3,200 relay. There is more communication going on in the relay so it’s more like a team effort.”
Cole said her favorite individual event is the 800.
“I like running two laps,” Cole said. “I just try my best. I really don’t worry about (strategy). The mile is fun because you get into the concentration of it. In the 800 there is a lot of pressure. The mile is not super-fast.”
She said she does not feel the pressure when running the mile that she does in the 800.
“My goal in the mile is to get below seven minutes,” Cole said. “I’ve been working on that for a while. In the 800 I’d like to get close to three minutes.”
She said in meets that she runs all three events, she has enough recovery time between her races.
“I enjoy cheering everyone on, and I like spending time with everyone on the team,” Cole said. “We’re all friends.”
Cole said early in the season she tried to block out the cold, and the wet weather.
“Sometimes you actually go faster in certain conditions that would seem bad,” Cole said. “It’s a lot more fun to run in the good weather.”
During races, Cole pushes towards the end.
“One thing I do a lot, which isn’t necessarily a good thing, is I’ll kind of use all my energy at the end of the race,” Cole said. “I can follow a girl for the first lap and half of the second one and then I’ll just pass her. That’s kind of a good thing, but also the coaches tell me not to save that for the end.
“They want me to distribute it throughout the race. I don’t mind starting out behind people. I really don’t try to be in first place the whole race.”
She enjoys SHS, and being in the art club.
“I really didn’t start doing art until I came here, then it just kind of took off, and I’ve really become a better artist,” Cole said. “I feel the teachers are willing to put in the extra time to make sure their students are doing well. I really appreciate that. I’ve enjoyed the teachers and the learning experiences, and the people I’ve made friends with.”
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Name: Brooklyn Cole
School: Seymour High School
Parents: Brad Cole, Carina Cole
Siblings: Taylor, Tucker
Sports: track and field 2 years
Organizations: art show
Plans after high school: attend art school
Favorite food: French fries
Favorite musician: Mars Argo