D6 Athlete of the Week - Amanda Sigmon
"Amanda has done a great job in cross country, and has been an amazing leader for the team. Her hard work, attitude, leadership, and performances have been an example of what it means to be a Bulldog. Amanda has finished in the top 10 in every race she has completed this year." - Dan Betz, Head Cross Country Coach
Student Name: Amanda Sigmon
School: University High School
Sport(s): Cross Country and Track & Field
Stats: 20:18 5K; 13:14 3200m
Tell us about your greatest athletic achievement to date:
"Running a 2 minute PR as a senior, and overall improving my times in both track and cross country over the years. Getting 10th place at Liberty Bell, which is one of the biggest cross country meets, is something I am extremely proud of. Going to state with my team for cross country my freshman year was another very proud moment for me."
What are your goals for this season?
"This year, I hope to go to state with my team for cross country, and make more personal records before I graduate."
How do athletics make you a better student?
"Being an athlete has helped me become a more confident student. I am able to work very hard in school as well as in sports."
What mental tool do you use when you're under pressure?
"I use a lot of visualization and meditation right before races and even months leading up to a race."
What is the best part about competing?
"The best part about competing is seeing all the hard work pay off. You really don't know where you are until you run a race."
What are your career or college plans after you graduate high school?
"I plan to attend college to study elementary bicultural education, and hopefully participate in cross country and track."
What advice do you have for younger athletes who want to join your sport?
"Cross country can be very intimidating, but it is the most rewarding sport to be in. It challenges you to push past your limits."
What is your favorite song to listen to prior to competing?
"'Need To by Corn."
What is your go-to Pre-Competition food?
"One slice of toast with peanut butter."