For a sprinter, nothing beats the thrill of pushing yourself to the absolute limit while cruising past the competitors in the lanes next to you on the track in a specific event.
Eastlake Wolves senior sprinter athlete Nicole Adams, who competes in the 400 relay, 800 relay, 100 and 200, relishes the opportunity to compete not only against herself but against the competition in her chosen events. This is especially true in the 200.
“I just love the feeling of coming around the curve (into the final straightaway). It is not like the 400, where you are super tired when you are coming around. In the 200, you’re attacking it and after (the curve), you have to get into your 100 mental state. The race is just mentally and physically challenging. The award at the end is super nice,” Adams explained.
Adams said her best time in the 200 is a 27.57 but wants to finish her favorite race in under 27 seconds before her senior season comes to a conclusion.
Eastlake sprints coach Dirk Huebner believes Adams’ positive attitude is a great asset to the Wolves track and field teams.
“She does a great job of making sure all of the kids feel included. She speaks well to both the girls and the boys on the team and handles herself very well. She is definitely a good leader for our program,” Huebner said.
Huebner said Adams is a vital part of the Wolves girls 400 relay squad. Adams runs the second leg of the event.
“People always ask where do you put your toughest person? I don’t put them at the fourth spot, I put them at the second spot. That is why she is there,” Huebner said.
Recently the Reporter had an opportunity to talk to Adams about her life away from the world of track and field.
Issaquah Reporter: What is your favorite movie of all time?
Nicole Adams: I just saw “Avengers.” I don’t want to spoil it but it was super good. A 10 out of 10, I would watch it again.
IR: What is your biggest pet peeve?
NA: When people are rude to other people. When you go to Starbucks or something and someone gives them crumbled money. It is not that hard to unfold your money (for the cashier).
IR: How many text messages do you send per day?
NA: I don’t really text a lot. I use more SnapChat. Maybe around 30 per day.
IR: What is your favorite hobby away from track and field?
NA: I don’t really have any hobbies. I just go to work. I would say exercise is a good hobby.
IR: What is your dream vacation spot?
NA: I like Hawaii. I go there a lot with my family. My family lives there also so I get to see them all the time.
IR: What is your favorite restaurant in Sammamish?
NA: Mod Pizza.