Interview: T.L. Hanna's Thela Woodring

Thela Woodring is a rising junior at Hanna High School.
Woodring is a rising junior at Hanna.
Full Name: Thela Woodring
Date of Birth: 8-7-88
Hobbies: Snow Skiing, Painting, and Running
Academic Interest: Art and Science
School/Mascot: Yellow Jacket
Brother/Sisters: Two sisters
Event PR's: 800-2:30, 1500-5:30, 1600-:.42, 3200-12:09, 2000m Steeplechase-8:55
Graduate: 2006
scrunners: How long have you been running?
woodring: I have been running for five years.

scrunners: When did you start to run for TL Hanna?
woodring: I started to run in the sixth grade.

scrunners: What kind of goals have you set for this track season and the future?
woodring: My goals include to be under 12 minutes for the 3200 and to be in the teens this coming cross-country season.

scrunners: What is your favorite track event? Why?
woodring: The 3200m, because I've always been better at longer distances.

scrunners: Do you prefer to run cross-country or track?
woodring: I prefer cross-country.

scrunners: What do you remember the most from the 2003 cross-country season and how would you like to improve for the next cross-country season?
woodring: I remember dehydrating again at the Connie Maxwell Invitational. This summer I plan to run USATF again. Hopefully racing will improve this year's cross-country season.

scrunners: What will you do to prepare for cross-country this summer?
woodring: Distance runnning and race Junior Olympics USA.

scrunners: Have you ever trained at a cross-country camp?
woodring: Nope, but I am planning to next summer.

scrunners: Does or did anyone in your family compete in the sport of track and field or cross-country?
woodring: My granddad ran for the University of Georgia, my father still runs, and my youngest sister who just started running this year for T.L. Hanna.

scrunners: How do you balance academics and athletics?
woodring: I go to practice after school then I come home and do my school work.

scrunners: Have you ever met a professional athlete?
woodring: Yes, I met Alan Webb at Footlocker 2003. We talked about running.

scrunners: What kind of race strategy works best for you; an all out race or a more tactical race?
woodring: A tactical race.

scrunners: Do you have a pre race tradition? Explain.
woodring: Yes, but it's my secret.

scrunners: What keeps you motivated to get out the door on a daily basis for school and running?
woodring: I'm always trying to better my times and runs, along with my teammates make the practices alot of fun.

scrunners: What kind of cross-training do you undergo to help prevent injuries and work muscles in different ways than running?
woodring: I'm currently not doing any cross-training.

scrunners: Where you do train at Hanna?
woodring: I train on the the middle school (McCants) propery and at T.L. Hanna.

scrunners: With Ben Comen on your team, how was he helped the team maintain focus and do their best on a daily basis?
woodring: Ben has worked really hard to get as far as he has gotten. He is an inspiration to the team.

scrunners: What kind of surface do you prefer to train on?
woodring: I prefer to train on grass. But, I don't really care as long as I am able to train.

scrunners: What do you look for in a coach and what do you expect a coach to look for in you?
woodring: I like a coach to be able to take the time and help me on my weaknesses. Coach Parker, who is the cross-country coach at T.L. Hanna, took the time last summer and is helping me train this year for the USATF steeplechase events.

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