Salute to Seniors: Amir Mobarak of Eastside

Cover photo by Justin Baustert

Name: Amir Mobarak
High school: Eastside

Event PRs: 
110 meter hurdles: 18.04
200 meter dash: 23.94
400 meter hurdles: 1:02.58
Hobbies: Hanging with friends, listening to music, and laughing (lol)

What was your most memorable race/competition?
My most memorable race would have to be this year's region track meet. It was the last time I would run with some of my teammates, and other runners I became friends with from other schools.

Out of all your high school accomplishments, which stands out the most?
For me, it would be placing at region for both of my events and moving forward to qualifiers.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change about your athletic career in high school? 
Start hurdling as a freshman, so by my senior year I'd be much better.

What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
Going from one of the slowest runners, to working hard and becoming one of the faster runners on the team.

What will you miss the most?
Practices with the team and bus rides home with the varsity team.

Do you have any advice for younger athletes?
No matter what always put in your hardest effort. It will pay off over time.

How have your coaches influenced your performances and your life goals?
They have given me the motivation to work harder and pushed me to strive for the best.

What kind of impact did your family have on your time as a high school student-athlete? 
Figuring out who was going to pick me up from meets and practices was probably the hardest thing for my family, however, track made me work harder for my grades and to keep them up so they evened out.

What are your college or post-high school plans?
Hopefully, run at the college level, but overall get a degree and a plan for the future. 

What do you hope to achieve after high school? 
To earn a good job that is close to home.

Do you see yourself coaching in the future? Please explain and if so, what level and why? 
I've thought about this quite a bit and I would love to coach back at Eastside after college. Track will always be a huge part of my life, and if I'm not able to compete anymore then coaching is the next best thing. I'd also love to see kids winning and striving for their best.

I'd like to shoutout my old sprints coach, Kelly Kidder, for giving me all those hard workouts that made me into the runner that I am today. And I would like to shoutout my dad for supporting me all 4 years, taking me to and from practices/meets, and mainly giving me money for food.

If there is one thing in the world you could do, what would it be and why? 
Travel the world and learn about all the different cultures and languages.