Ky Westbrook charging hard to victory in the 100m at the Chandler Rotary. (Photo by Margot Kelly)
Welcome to Track Chats 2012! We continue with Sophomore Ky Westbrook from Chandler HS in Arizona. Ky has PR's of 11.65 in the 100m and 24.09 in the 200m. Judging from what you read below she is ready to go this outdoor season!
MileSplit - When & how did you get started in track & field?
Ky - I began track when I was 8 with the Hershey track meet, and it just progressed from there.
MileSplit - Person/people most influential to your success in track & field?
Ky - My parents because they are always encouraging me and raising me up when I feel like quitting. They both inspire me with their success and it pushes me to be the best I can be.
MileSplit - Your favorite track & field event(s)?
Ky - The 100, and the 4X100 relay because they end quickly and are both extremely competitive.
MileSplit - Your track & field event coach(es) and what they mean to you?
Ky - They keep me motivated and determined. They push me everyday at practice and believe in me. And because of these reasons they are extremely important to me.
MileSplit - Keys to your successful track & field training program?
Ky - A team that is tightly knit and close. We call ourselves a family and I think that the support there is very helpful. Plus we lift almost everyday, and we independently begin our training months before the season starts.
MileSplit - Your favorite track & field meet?
Ky - Definitely Nike Nationals because you get to compete against the best in your best event. The experience is amazing and it feels like a reward for all the hard work we put in.
MileSplit - Your favorite performance in track & field?
Ky - My entire chandler rotary performance was my favorite so far because I had a personal record in almost every event that day.
MileSplit - Track & field athlete(s) you most enjoy competing against?
Ky - Any track athlete that pushes me to run better.
MileSplit - Your greatest experience in track & field so far?
Ky - Probably when I made it to nationals for the Hersey track and field meet. It was the moment I knew I loved track and that I wanted to keep doing it.
MileSplit - Goals for the 2012 track & field season?
Ky - My goals for this season are to win state in all my running events and hopefully come close to 11.50 in the 100m.
MileSplit - Long-term goals in track & field?
Ky - I hope to break the national record in the 100m before I graduate.
The Fun Run
Do you like ice cream or italian ice…
Ky - Ice cream
Do you like shorts or jeans…
Ky - Shorts because I live in Arizona and that is basically our entire wardrobe. Haha.
Do you like Boggle or Twister…
Ky - Never played boggle, so twister.
Do you like Facebook or Twitter...
Ky - Don't have a twitter, so Facebook
Do you like going out or chilling at home...
Ky - Both, too much of either is no fun.
Do you like sun or snow...
Ky - Sun