When the Bob Hayes Invitational kicks off this weekend one of the top stars in the field events will be Raines senior Nazah Reddick. Reddick, will be competing her fourth and final time at the meet and brings the best mark of all 2A in the long jump and second best in the high jump. We caught up with the 2016 New Balance Nationals emerging elite high jump champion about her 2017 season, what she loves about the Bob Hayes, and more. (Photo by Maynard St. John)
How did you get started in track and field?
I started running track my 8th grade year because my mom ran track in high school and I wanted to be like her.
Do you remember your first meet?
My first meet was at Raines. I was in the middle school meet at Bob Hayes. I ran the hurdles and placed 5th I think.
In the past you've done just the jumps. Do you enjoy not having to worry about track events as well?
I recently started back running this year and I enjoy it a lot , but i like jumping better .
What's your favorite event?
My favorite event is the high jump.
Recently your team traveled down to the Sam Burley HOF Invitational in Miami. How was that experience?
It was a good experience with the team. We got to compete against some of the country's top athletes and that motivated us .
You are ranked first in the long jump and second in the high jump in class 2A. What are your thoughts on your season so far?
I'm pleased with what i have done so far in the season and I hope to accomplish more .
What meets are you looking forward to this year?
Bob Hayes , State, and New Balance Nationals.
Speaking of Bob Hayes, it's a meet your school hosts and one you've competed in for the last three years. What do you love most about this meet?
What are your goals for the rest of 2017?
I want to win state in the high jump and long jump. Marks wise I want to hit 5'10 and 19'0.
What are three things people might not know about you?
I eat Mike & Ikes like everyday, I used to play basketball, and I love peaches and cream oatmeal.
If you weren't doing track and field, what sport would you do?
I'd be playing basketball.
If you were stranded on an island with three items what would they be?
I'd bring matches, water, and a knife.