Athlete of the Week: Ashley Barr, Troy High School

Name: Ashley Barr

School: Troy

Grade: 2017 graduate

Age: 18

Sports: Track and field, cross-country

Claim to fame/honors: State qualifier in 400 and 4 x200 relay; GWOC North athlete of the year; will run track at Eastern Kentucky

Bet you didn’t know … I have two brothers

Words you live by: Last one, fast one (if we’re doing 200-meter reps, the last one go all out)

Toughest opponent: Butler; they’re always neck and neck with us for the all-sport trophy, and it usually comes down to the GWOC meet

Biggest influence: My running and lifting coaches

Meet-day rituals: I always eat two hours before I warm up; I have a peanut butter cliff bar and pretzels; take a nap while field events are going on; always had on pink shin sleeves that I ran in; I always listen to music and do same warmup; I don’t put my jersey on until right before I race.

What’s on your bedroom walls? Lot of pictures with friends and families

When I’m bored I like to … watch TV

Favorite movie: The Blind Side

Person who would play you in a movie: Jennifer Lawrence

Favorite TV show: One Tree Hill

I can’t live without: Track; it’s definitely a big part of my life

I can live without: Fartlek (a pretty tough workout for cross-country)

Event you’d like to attend: Summer Olympics

Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird

Favorite home-cooked meal: My mom makes Chicken Alfredo

Favorite restaurant: Olive Garden

Favorite smell: New shoes

Favorite cereal: Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Store where you’d like a shopping spree: Nike Outlet

Vegetable you won’t eat: Onions

I’d love to trade places for a day with … an Oregon track athlete; it would be fun to train at Track Town

Whose mind would you like to read? My coach’s

Place where you’d love to travel? Hawaii

Talent you’d like to have? Singing

Favorite school subject: Language Arts

Favorite athlete: Allyson Felix

Favorite team: The Buckeyes

Favorite Olympic sport: Track

Something in the world I’d like to change: If everyone could be peaceful

Favorite sports moment: Making it to state in the 400; that was my goal since freshman year

Favorite junk food: Pizza

Best thing about track: It really gives you a chance to meet new people; I’ve gotten to know people from other sports who I wouldn’t have known; gives you a chance to show everything you’re capable of.

In 10 years, I hope to be … in a supportive job and happy

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