LANSING, Mich. (WSYM) - A sophomore from Waverly High School will be trying to finish off a perfect season on Saturday for the Track and Field State Finals. FOX 47's Alani Letang caught up with the student-athlete.
"Track means everything to me, it keeps me focused. It doesn't have me out here with bad people and doing bad things," said Priscilla Trainor.
Her love for track started on the basketball court, about 6 years ago.
"But my basketball coach, coach Dion introduced me and my parents to the sport of track so then I started feeling love for the sport of track," said Priscilla.
At 15-year-old Priscilla has won dozens of races in the 100 m, 200m, 400m, and sprint relays.
She was a national champion in 8th grade for her team's 4x400m relay. The team she was on, Maximum Output, competed in Houston, TX.
But Priscilla said she can't dwell on past accomplishments when the start gun goes off.
She said, "I'm not going to let that get to my head."
Especially when she's in East Kentwood for her state championships on Saturday, June 2, 2018.
"I've run against these girls all summer, I've lost to some of them, I've beat some of them but all I have to do is stay focused and keep my head from getting big," Priscilla told Letang.
That negative attitude, Priscilla said belongs off the field.
And she extends a helping hand to all the girls on her team.
"I'm a leader, I'll tell the girls what to do and what not to do, and I'll show them whenever they need help with something like block starts, with relay starts and their handoffs," said Priscilla.
Priscilla not only perfects those skills at Waverly High School but with her AAU coaches during her off time. She hopes her hard work will pay off towards her lifelong track goals.
"I'm hoping to make it to college and to the Olympics," said Priscilla.