Athlete of the Week: Nigel Beal, Dunbar High School

Name: Nigel Beal

School: Dunbar

Grade: Incoming senior

Age: 16

Sports: Track and field, football

Claim to fame/honors: Ran on state champion indoor and outdoor track team; qualified for state in 300 hurdles and 110 hurdles; wide receiver in football

Bet you didn’t know … this is my first year running track

Words you live by: Grateful, blessed

Toughest opponent: Myself because I lack confidence and overthink

Biggest influence: My older brother Sean

Meet-day rituals: I eat light, listen to music on bus and try to focus; I’ve got one thing to do today, to succeed

What’s on your bedroom walls? My drawings, football varsity letter, and track trophies and medals

When I’m bored I like to … play 2K17

Favorite movie: All About the Benjamins

Person who would play you in a movie: Kevin Hart

Favorite TV show: The Flash

Favorite musical artist: J. Cole

I can’t live without: Chicken

I can live without: Peanut butter

Event you’d like to attend: New England Patriots football game

Favorite book: Hunger Games

Favorite home-cooked meal: Nachos

Favorite restaurant: Roosters

Favorite smell: Fresh laundry

Favorite cereal: Frosted Flakes

Store where you’d like a shopping spree: Foot Locker

Vegetable you won’t eat: Brussels sprouts

I’d love to trade places for a day with … Kevin Hart

Whose mind would you like to read? Coach Booker

Place where you’d love to travel? Paris

Talent you’d like to have? Singing

Favorite school subject: Math

Favorite athlete: Russell Westbrook

Favorite team: Oklahoma City Thunder

Favorite Olympic sport: Track

Something in the world I’d like to change: Crime

Favorite sports moment: When we won outdoor state

Favorite junk food: Sour Patch Kids

Best thing about track: Hurdles and medals

In 10 years, I hope to be … in the Olympics, having completed my education as a dental hygienist

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