Salute to Seniors: Vanaya Grant

Before the class of 2020 makes their final farewells to high school cross country and track and field, we want to give everyone a chance to salute them one more time! FLRunners invites all seniors to tell their stories from the past four years.

Today we salute Royal Palm Beach High School senior, Vanaya Grant.

    What was your most memorable race/throw/jump/vault/moment?

    I would really say the 200 meter race was the most memorably race throughout all my years running track.

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

    My biggest competition i would haft to say is Imani .. She really always use to be neck an neck with me an who ever decides to push harder within the last 50m determined who'd win.

    What was your greatest accomplishment?

    My greatest accomplishment was literally long jump . I've long jumped in middle school and stopped until my senior year in high school an was always in the top 6 most definitely was proud of myself.

    Who would you consider your biggest role model over your four years competing?

    My biggest role model is Shaunae Miller-Uibo she's from the bahamas like my family is an is an olympic champion . she really motivates me to push through with my 200m an she teaches me the strides to become better in my 200m race!

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

    If i could really change something's i would really go back and take the 400m dash more seriously an run it like i was supposed to bc i really could have been way better in my 200m.

    What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome? How did you overcome them?

    The most difficult obstacle was literally my start and finish in the 200m bc it's a full out sprint , i'll usually have a good start and bad finish or vice-versa but i really maintained for keep that start and have an excellent finish by working harder at practice everyday!

    What will you miss the most?

    Honestly I will really miss the long jump pit, if i wasn't having a great meet day or was nervous about my upcoming races the pit always made me feel better.

    What advice would you give to younger athletes?

    My advice to younger athletes is do not give up keep pushing harder to become like Mr.Usain Bolt! No matter how tired an lazy you get keep pushing you'll be the great person you wish for.

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

    My Coach has most definitely taught us life skills and hope that not only is it a meet that we've worked for but with his help an with him showing us how much he cares and believes in us we'd always be great!

    What are your post-high school or college plans?

    I am attending Spelman college in Atlanta Georgia during the 3rd trimester in spring but I will be going to Palm Beach State to become an neurologist.

    Who would you like to say 'thank you' to?

    I would like to give a BIG thanks to Coach Walker for pushing me an making me better in my events. For treating me like family an for believing in me I really Love and appreciate him for building me to the person I am right now today THANK YOU COACH WALKER LOVE YOU!