Salute To Seniors: Hunter Kimball (Georgia Military College Prep)

Hunter Kimball's senior year included state titles in cross country and the 1600 and 3200 outdoors in the 1A public schools classification. Kimball finished with PR's of 4:27 in the 1600 and 9:38 in the 3200.

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

My most memorable high school race would have to be my state meet 1600M. It was only me and one other guy from my team that made it in the 1600m. And when we went out to start her warm up we realize that our uniforms did not match and when we brought it up to the race officials attention he said that they had a match exactly or we could not run so what we had to do was we had to borrow two of our girls uniforms and where those in our race I never had to run a race in a sports bra until that day. To make it even more memorable my teammate on the start line got tripped and fell and we had to do a restart of the race needless to say it was a very memorable race but I did run a PR.

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

One of the biggest problems of being a small school is not getting a lot of competition I want races by almost more than two minutes for most of my season my biggest competition was the clock. I worked with a private coach and he said we might not have the competition but the clock will be at every race so I'm had to memorize my lap times and make sure that I was racing myself in every race.

What was your greatest accomplishment?

My greatest accomplishment would have to be the Triple Crown or trifecta. I won the cross country individual state title the mile individual state title and the 3200m state title all in one year so to me that was very big accomplishment to win all three.

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

If I got to do it all over again I probably would not change schools I moved schools at the beginning of my junior year and lost eligibility that whole year because of transfer rules in the GHSA. I would've started at the school I graduated from and not the school I started at.

What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?

My biggest obstacle would have to be like what I said earlier I didn't get to race competition unless I travel by myself without my team to meets so I had to race myself a lot I think if I were to be able to race more competition I would've been a lot faster than what I am right now. Another obstacle would be once you reach a certain level you lose people to train with because they cannot simply keep up so I ran by myself a lot.

What will you miss the most?

I'm going to miss the the day after the meet like when you get to go to school and show off your medals and they announce it over the intercom and everyone knows how you and your team did i'm going to miss the whole high school aspect of my running but I know that college running will be a lot of fun to

What advice would you give to younger athletes?

I would tell a younger runner that to just keep training trust the training and never stop training push yourself to the highest limit so you think possible and then go past it never settle for where you're at and always hope you do better.

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

I had one of the best coaches out there he knows who he is and he changed me for the better I would not be the athlete or person I am today without him I only started training with him roughly 2 years ago but he made me the runner I am today he taught me a lot like he never let me take the shortcut or easy practice he made me run 70 miles a week all summer in all weather conditions it could be 30° and raining and he would say your competition is out there training he always made me realize that there was a bigger goal then just winning the race and I cannot thank him enough for that without him I probably wouldn't have been offered and received a running scholarship to continue my running career and college

What are your college plans?

I will be attending Augusta University to study secondary education and to minor in military science on a running scholarship in addition to that I also received a four year army scholarship where upon graduating from college I will be a second lieutenant in the United States Army.

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

I would like to say thank you to my parents without them I know I would not be the person I am today they gave me so many opportunities I would also like to thank my many coaches over the years they've all influenced me in many different ways and I would also like to thank everyone that has influenced my life so far

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

I would like to end by saying our sport is crazy make sure you have a ton of fun doing it!