Ellington Student Athlete of the Month Megan Knowling

Name: Megan Knowling

Sports played: Track & Field

Academic accomplishments: High Honor/Honor Roll every quarter for 4 years,
scholar athlete, and Presidential Award for Academic Excellence

Athletic accomplishments: Journal Inquirer All-Area, All-Conference, All-State,
MVP, Thomas W. Hartman Athlete of the Year, Ellington’s Outstanding Athlete, and
a New Balance National Qualifier

How I prepare for a game: The night before, I braid my hair and ice my knee. The
morning of a meet, I usually have eggs for breakfast. For lunch, I have peanut butter
and jelly. On the way to the meet, I listen to my pre-meet playlist, and sometimes I’ll
watch videos of my jumps from previous meets to evaluate what I did wrong and
what I did right. I also have either my teammate, Savanna, or my mom tape my
back. Then I tape my knee and ankle.

What did you enjoy the most about this season? This season I just focused on having fun, so really the whole season was enjoyable. Of course I had meets where I was sore and tired, but I still made the most out of them and looked at the bright side of things. Since my main focus was to
have fun, I was able to push myself to new marks and during hard workouts, which were fun since I was able to push myself to my limits. The success that came from that (in both my teammates and me) was amazing to be a part of, which really made the whole season enjoyable.

Most memorable moment as a high school athlete: I probably have 2 memories that really stand out. The first one was winning the Class M state championships my sophomore year. I was a scrawny little sophomore up against a D1 committed senior, and I really thought I was going to get second. When I cleared 5’2 and she didn’t, it was crazy, everyone was shocked, including me. I never doubted my ability after that. The second memory was clearing 5’6 at the NCCC Championships this past spring. It was really a nostalgic and exciting moment. I had worked so hard to reach that mark and it had finally happened. I felt a rush of adrenaline, happiness, excitement and so many other positive feelings. I looked back and saw all the trials and tribulations to go through to reach that mark. All the tears, blood, sweat, everything was worth it.

Favorite pro or college athlete: Vashti Cunningham

College plans: I am going to continue my athletic and academic career at Arkansas State University this fall. I’m going to major in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in PrePhysician Assistant courses.

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