The Tribune’s Athlete of the Week sponsored by Bob Poynter of Seymour


Derek Thompson

Brownstown Central track and field // junior

Accomplishments this past week: Thompson was the BNL Sectional champion in the 200, third in the 4×100 relay, sixth in the 4×400 and sixth in the high jump.

How were you able to perform to your fullest potential this past week?

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“Worked hard at practice.”

What did you do well?

“Ran and competed.”

Favorite drink: sweet tea

Favorite food: steak

Favorite music genre: rap

Favorite book: “Harry Potter” series

Favorite class: math

Role model: Andrew Luck

Best advice?

“Don’t start something you can’t finish.”

If you could travel anywhere and why?

“Europe to see the Eiffel Tower.”

Athletics goals?

“Make All-State again as a senior, play college football.”

Ashton Chase,

Seymour track and field, senior

Accomplishments this past week: Chase was the Seymour Sectional champion in the 4×800 relay, 1,600 and 3,200. She became the first female athlete at SHS to win the 1,600 and 3,200 all four years of her career in the sectional.

How were you able to perform to your fullest potential this past week?

“I make sure to listen to my coach. It’s important to take practices seriously. Whether it’s a strong maintenance run, a workout, or just a recovery, I like to stay focused and do it right. Working hard always pays off.”

What did you do well?

“I felt a lot stronger and more comfortable in the mile and I almost broke the record.”

Do you do anything special to prepare?

“Each night before a race, I make sure I eat right, drink plenty of fluids, and get a good night’s rest.”

Favorite drink: yellow Gatorade

Favorite food: spaghetti with garlic bread

Favorite music artist: Keith Urban

Favorite book: “Unscripted,” by Ernie Johnson Jr.

Favorite class: economics

Role model: Zoey Johnson

Best advice?

“For nothing will be impossible with God”- Luke 1:37”

If you could travel anywhere and why?

I would love to go to Hawaii to see the white sandy beaches and the ocean.

Athletics goals?

“I want to break the school record in the mile (5:06). My personal record is 5:07.3. I think that once I go to IUPUI, I will achieve other personal goals, as I will be focused on running year round.”

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