Louisburg Sports Zone will be running senior spotlights through April and May everyday (Monday through Friday) in an effort to honor seniors who had their seasons taken away due to the spread of COVID-19.
Carter Anglin was all geared up for his final season of track and he did the summer workouts to prove it.
Anglin, who throws the discus for the Wildcat track team, dedicated his offseason to getting better in the event and was poised to earn a spot at the state meet for the first time. He wanted to end his high school career on the best note possible in an event that had become a big part of his life.
“I’ve been throwing discus since seventh grade and I don’t really know how I got into it,” Anglin said. “It just always looked fun to me. It has become a huge part of my life and I’ve committed countless hours towards perfecting the technique. Last summer, I attended multiple summer camps to improve my skills and prepare for my last track season. One of these camps was a week-long camp at KU where I trained with former Olympians.”
He was also a member of a boys team that had the potential to have a lot of success in 2020 as the Wildcats returned several state qualifiers. It was supposed to be a season to remember.
Unfortunately for Anglin and the rest of his teammates, their season never really got started as it was cancelled due to the spread of COVID-19. Anglin and the rest of the Wildcat seniors will never get a chance at that last one opportunity at state.
“It has been extremely hard to cope with the fact that I don’t get to finish my senior year, especially since it’s something that I’ve been looking forward to forever,” Anglin said. “As far as the throwers go, we had a good chance at being extremely successful in all three events. Michael Waldron, Jay Scollin, Cole Evans and I all had potential to place at all of our varsity meets and get plenty of points for the team.”
Even with all the bad moments currently, Anglin is still trying to find the positives and think about the good times, including when he took gold at the Louisburg Invitational.
“My favorite moment from track has been taking first place in discus at our home meet last year with my personal best throw,” Anglin said. “I was looking forward to this season so much, especially considering I had a good shot at qualifying for state for my first time.
Other than track, Louisburg Sports Zone also had a chance to catch up with Carter on how he has been coping with an early end to his senior year and some of his other interests. Here are his responses from the rest of our Q&A.
LSZ: What have you been missing the most during this time away from everyone?
CA: Track season is probably what I have been missing the most, I met all my best friends through track and it’s the season that I look forward to the most every year and the one season where I get to see all my friends every day.
LSZ: What is your most memorable moment as an athlete or in school, and why?
CA: Marching in the Rose Parade with the band is definitely my most memorable moment since it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
LSZ: What is your favorite activity/hobby outside of sports and why?
CA: Working on, reading about, messing around with, or anything else that involves cars. It has been a passion of mine for a long time and I hope to have a career in automotive technology in my future.
LSZ: What are your plans for after graduation?
CA: I plan to attend McPherson College to study Automotive Restoration and eventually pursue a career in the automotive field.
LSZ: What accomplishments that don’t involve athletics are you most proud of and why?
CA: Being inducted into the National Honor Society, obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout, and being awarded a number of college scholarships purely based on my ACT score and GPA. I think all the achievements demonstrate perseverance and hard work and it feels great to be recognized for that hard work.
LSZ: What do you think would be something that a lot of people don’t know about you?
CA: My parents took me to Vegas for my 16th birthday.
Pro athlete: Ken Block
Pro team: Kansas City Royals
College team: Pitt State Gorillas
Movie: Talladega Nights
TV Show: Breaking Bad
Song: Second Chance by Shinedown
Pregame meal/snack: Footlong turkey and cheese Subway sandwich
Teacher and why: Mr. E (Ebenstein) because I admire the way that he makes something as boring as Government fun.
Previous Senior Spotlights
Drake Varns – Golf
Trinity Moore – Soccer
Andrew Krause – Baseball
Kayla Willey – Softball
Anthony Davis – Track and Field
Garrett Rolofson – Golf
Shayla Aye – Swimming
Allie Boles – Softball
Michael Waldron – Track and Field
Avery O’Meara – Soccer
Ryan Haight – Golf
Andie Masten – Soccer
Lauren Cutshaw – Softball
Trent Martin – Track and Field
Erin Lemke – Soccer
Luke Wickersham – Golf
Skylar Bowman – Soccer
Gabby Dugger – Softball
Sydni Keagle – Track
Olivia Chase – Soccer
Colin Cook – Golf
Morgan Messer – Soccer
August Daniels – Softball