It took OTHS sophomore Kersten Douglas less than eight seconds to earn this week’s top athlete award.
That was the amount of time necessary for the Panther sprinter to blast past her competition to win the 60 meter finals at the SIU-C Indoor meet. Douglas’ winning time was 7.99 seconds to be exact, establishing her credentials as a potential premier sprinter in the metro-east this spring. In addition to her blue ribbon performance in the 60 meter, the speedy sophomore, the daughter of Sam and Suzy Douglas, joined three of her teammates to bring home a second place medal in the 4x200 relay.
“We expect Kersten to be a major contributor in the sprints and the sprint relays throughout the season,” OTHS track coach Neil James said. “She ran last year on our 4x200 at state but has come in hungry this year with goals to improve in both the 100 and 200. She has made huge strides over this past year, working to improve all aspects of her sprinting. She is definitely stronger and more focused. We are looking for her to have a great season.”
“I love track because there is always something new going on,” Douglas said. “I started running in the 6th grade just to be able to hang around my friends more. Over time, however, it became something that I wanted to do. I wouldn’t have had as much success in track without the support of my family.”
“Track keeps me focused,” the Panther sprinter added. “It has allowed me to develop good time management skills and keeps me ‘swimsuit season ready’ all year long.”