Salute To Seniors: ​Lutrell Smith - Palataka High School

The 2014-2015 school year has provided some great highlights in both cross country and track across the Sunshine State. In the coming weeks many of our seniors will head out to start their college careers both athletically and academically. We wanted to salute them one more time in this special feature and say thank you for your support over the years.

What was your most memorable race/competition?

My 11th grade track season when I found out that we finished in the top 8 at the 2a State Championship.

Who would you consider your biggest competition over your four years?

I would consider Bishop Moore the biggest competition.

What was your greatest accomplishment?

My greatest accomplishment was placing at state two years in a row.

If you could do it all over again what would you change about your running career in high school?

I would have started competing in running events my freshman year instead of my sophomore year.

What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?

Competing in a sport I had never done before.

What will you miss the most?

I will miss running with my team, my coach, and other people I met at track meets.

What advice you would give to younger athletes?

Never give up even though in the beginning it is a hard thing to do. In the end you will be satisfied.

What influence has your coach had with respect to your performance and overall life goals?

When I first arrived at high school I didn't know if I would have the opportunity to play sports collegiately, but Coach G was able to help me find a college to run track for.

What are your college plans?

My college plans are to attend the University of Mobile stay there for four years and get my degree in Computer Engineering.

Who would you like to say thank you to?

I would like to say thank you to my mom, dad, Coach G, and everyone else who was there.

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