Salute to Seniors: Frantysha Wallace

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 Cardinal Gibbons senior, Frantysha Wallace.

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

    My biggest competition was myself. At one point I didn't believe I had what it takes to be the best. Eventually I learned that if I put in that extra work I'll be able to achieve anything I put my mind to.

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

    My biggest role model was my coach. He taught me to get up and fight to the finish no matter what happens during a race.

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

    If I had the chance to do it all over again I would change the way I react to certain situations.

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

    The most difficult obstacle I had to overcome was learning how to deal with running a bad race. It happens to the best athletes. I had to learn to put the race behind me and work on whatever I needed to at practice so I won't make the same mistake again.

    What will you miss the most?

    'll miss spending time with my teammates at track meets. Especially our bus rides out of state.

    What advice would you give to younger athletes?

    If I had the chance to speak with a younger athlete I would tell them to enjoy every moment of it. You won't be able to get your high school track experience back so make as much memories as possible.

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

    I would like to say thank you to all of the coaches that helped me through this journey. It wasn't easy at all but they never gave up on me even when I wanted to give up on myself. They taught me how to win and lose like a champion and I'm forever grateful for that. I would also thank my mommy for all the sacrifices she made to get me this far.

    Is there anything else you'd like to add?

    Once a CHIEF always a CHIEF