My name is Fiona Sulentic and am a junior at Madison High School in Ohio. Prior to high school I went to a small Montessori School from pre K through 8th grade. Growing up, I have always been active with some type of sport but My only exposure running was as a part sports like soccer playing with friends. As recent as a couple of years ago, if someone would have asked me if I had thought about running in high school and especially college, I would have smiled and said no thanks. Even though both my parents ran in college and continue to enjoy running, this was just not something I was always interested in. Actually, until my first track season freshman year, I had never set foot on a track. Since I had never run track before, I had no idea what it took to be a good runner or event I would even like but track seemed like something that would be fun to try so join the high school team. Growing up, I have tried many sports, such as soccer, basketball, and karate, to name a few, but ultimately loved dance and so continued to focus on that since age six. As a member of my competitive dance team, I trained almost every day and competed for several years in all types of dance. When high school started I wanted to try some new activities and sports, such as cheerleading and track. Track workouts were completely different from what I was used to as a dancer, but with encouragement from my coach, team members and family, I worked hard and ended up looking forward to both the practices and the track meets. Even with minimal training, I made the Varsity team and won medals in several events both my freshman and sophomore years. In order to improve in track, I have also run cross country,my sophomore and junior years, qualifying for districts both years. I now really love and look forward to running, especially track. For me, in addition to competing, running is a healthy way I can relieve stress and stay fit.
Trying new things is something I’ve always been open to. Being open to new experiences is what got me started in running. If it could potentially have positive outcomes for me, then I will try it, whether it is new running styles, field events, learning new healthy lifestyle habits, or a new sport. My coaches have always told me I work hard and am very coachable because I want to better myself.
Throughout my high school career, I have done well academically by maintaining a 3.7-4.0 GPA, taking all available honors classes, making the honor roll every year, and ranking in the top 20 of my class. As a student athlete, I was recently honored as the female top student athlete of my class to represent Madison High school at the South Western Buckeye League Athlete Scholar Leadership Conference held at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. Additionally, I have been involved in other academic and community activities including National Honors Society (Member), Student Council (Vice President Sophomore year), International Model United Nations held in New York City (Delegate for 3 years), Envision National Leadership in Journalism Camp held at St. John's University in New York City, Middletown Community Foundation (Board Member), and various volunteer activities in my community and school.
Through these experiences, I have learned that I love interacting with and helping people. Although I am still somewhat undecided as to what career path I would like to pursue due to having several interests, I am considering the medical field where one would be directly working with people who need help. No matter what I choose to study, I want to make a positive impact and contribute meaningfully to society. I believe that developing healthy habits is an important first step and running has pushed me to think about making healthy choices so that I can perform the best I can at all levels.
With some recent coaching on my running and starting techniques, I am very much looking forward to this upcoming track season and am anxious to set new PR’s in all of my previous events and hopefully even in a few new ones. With the start of the season right around the corner I am motivated to push myself cut as many second off my times. I hope you consider me for your team as you look to recruit your next athlete.