HALL OF FAME
On the record with: Bardstown's Victoria Yocum
April 27, 2012Bardstown High School
Bardstown junior Victoria Yocum is this week’s nominee for The Kentucky Standard/PLG-TV 13 Student-Athlete of the Week.
A standout sprinter on the Tiger track squad, Yocum is the top-ranked 200-meter dash runner in the state, and already has a state championship in the 400 under her belt, which she won as an eighth-grader. She carries a 3.7 GPA and is the president of three different clubs at Bardstown High, and plans to study accounting and finance as well as communications in college. Yocum is currently entertaining scholarship offers.
Kentucky Standard sports editor Peter W. Zubaty had a few questions for Yocum to better get to know her.
PZ: What’s your favorite TV show?
VY: My favorite TV shows are American Idol and Sunday’s Best.
PZ: What got you started in track?
VY: I remember when I was younger and in the elementary school, at recess I would always race the boys. I won majority of the time! I always wanted to run track as a younger kid. I had dreams of even competing in the Olympics.
PZ: Do you have a favorite pre-meet meal?
VY: My favorite pre-meet meal is eating fettuccini alfredo and drinking Muscle Milk.
PZ: How has winning a state championship, and the injuries you had to deal with afterward, shaped you into the athlete you are today?
VY: With me winning the state championship as an eighth grader and the knee injuries that following year, I was highly motivated to be an even better athlete today. I’ve learned to leave all I have on the track and run like it’s my last because you never know when your last race may be.
PZ: What’s your favorite song/album? Who’s your favorite band/artist?
VY: My favorite song is My Worship Is For Real. My favorite artist is Kirk Franklin.
PZ: What do you enjoy most about track?
VY: I enjoy running with my teammates and being very competitive.
PZ: What does it mean to you to be a leader for your team?
VY: With me being a leader on the track team, the younger athletes look up to me for inspiration, motivation, and as a role model. It means a lot to me when the younger athletes come up to me for advice on different techniques.
PZ: How tough is it juggling schoolwork, sports and other activities?
VY: Schoolwork, sports, and my other activities get hectic at times, but I have great support from my mother and father who encourage me to maintain my high academic achievements.
PZ: What has been your biggest thrill in track?
VY: My biggest thrill in track is breaking the school records in my events. I have already broken the 400-meter dash record, 100-meter dash record, 4x200-meter relay record and the 4x400-meter relay record. My goals are to break the 200-meter dash record and the 800-meter dash record.
PZ: What do you do when you have some precious free time away from school and sports?
VY: On my free time away from sports and school, I like to relax and spend time with my little brothers.
courtesy of Peter Zubaty, the Kentucky Standard