With an exciting cross country season, the Voice had to give the athlete of the week to Allisan Barrett for running her heart out at the state cross country meet in Wisconsin Rapids. This year was her final year of proudly wearing the Whitewater uniform. Barrett ended up coming in 26th place with a time of 20:20:72, which was just a few seconds off her previous best. She fought hard through her race since she had injuries to her leg and a pinched nerve. Allison was chosen for Athlete of the Week since she was so committed to not let her pain interfere with doing great. The Voice asked Allisan several questions about her life outside and inside of cross country and school below.
1. How did you feel with this season?
“I felt pretty good throughout the season. In the beginning, I struggled with a little hip injury, but then training moved on. In the ending of the season though, it started to get difficult because I had gotten sick and had a new injury kicking in during "championship" week. But other than the ending being difficult, everything was great because of great teammates and great supporters.”
2. What are other activities you like to do outside of your school sport?
“I love to play piano and french horn. I am also involved with the musical at this time. So I spend my evenings with music!”
3. Did you set a best with any times or complete any goals this season?
“In the beginning of the season, coach has us write down three personal goals and one team goal. For the team goal, I wrote down, "I hope the team gets at least 5th at conference for how young our girls team is." And we accomplished it! It felt amazing and I was so proud of the girls. For my personal goals, I had written down, "I hope to get at least third at conference, have good hydration throughout the season, and make it to state (hopefully get top 15)." I did accomplish at least two (third one is sorta...) and I couldn't be more happier.”
4. What college do you plan on going to? What would you like to do when you grow up?
“I am planning on going to Carroll University and studying Animal Behavioral science. As a future career, I am thinking about being a wildlife rehabilitator.”
5. What is something you would like to say to people to encourage them to do sports?
“Never be afraid of doing something you've never tried before or think you ‘can't’ do. You never know how much greatness you can present.”