Athlete Q&A with Sprinter Kennedy Simon of Westlake

When did you first become interested in running/track?

I first became interested in track at 7 years old.

What other sports do you play at your school ?

I do not do any other sports.

When did you realize, you had the talent to succeed in the sport? and who brought that to your attention?

I was about 9 years old when I ran AAU summer track for the first time. When I went to nationals I won the 400,800, and 1500. My dad had also brought to my attention that I could be successful in the sport due to my not fully developed hardworking mindset early on.

What is your favorite event and why?

My favorite event to watch and run is the 400.

Who has been your most influential person (besides a parent) in your Track career and why?

My most influential person in my track career by far is my Coach Michelle. She has always aided in my mental outlook on the sport and how to take wins and losses. 

Do you compete in Indoor or Summer Club Track, and if not, why? 

In my recent high school years, I have not participated in Summer track because to me, it just is not the same hype as far as USATF and AAU goes. But I do participate in invitationals when invited.

What has been your favorite moment in your Track career thus far and why?

My favorite moment, is my last state meet when Westlake won the boys and girls 7A state meet. We had been wanting to win on both sides since my freshman year and it finally happened.

What are your ultimate goals for the 2018 HS Outdoor Track season?

I usually do not like to discuss my goals, but I want to PR in all my events by the time my state meet comes in May. 

What is your favorite subject in school?

My favorite subject in school is Chemistry.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is any kind of fried fish.

How do you spend your 'off time' away from school and the track?

During the summer time I get a job, and other times, I hang out with my close friends.

Are Colleges pursuing you to compete for them already? and if so, with who?

I have signed with the University of Texas, HOOKEM HORNS!

Do you follow MileSplit GA?

Yes, but very seldom, alot of times I like to mute it when I am competing to focus...