Q&A with Natalie Barinque

02-26 Natalie Barinque

Q: How long have you been participating in rrack?

A: I would say since sixth grade. That’s when we started being introduced to track and stuff.

Q: What got you into the sport?

A: I played basketball, so, I guess I was kind of involved in sports and then running was always something that everyone has done and the coaches put me in the sprint races, and that is where I found out I love track.

Q: What is your favorite thing about running track?

A: I think it’s relaxing. It relieves stress for me no matter how tired you are it relieves all that stress that I build up throughout the day. It’s real fun and you stay healthy.

Q: What are some of the goals you set for yourself and the team?

A: Individually, I would like to PR in some of the events and maybe get my times down a little more than they have been at the beginning of the year. As a team, I would like to be district champs again. We are in a different division so it’s going to be a little tough, but I think we can do it and then definitely try to make our way to regionals and be area champs because we are normally runner-ups every year. So, that would be nice.

Q: Who do you consider to be the teams to beat in Frenship’s new district?

A: Tascosa, I would say would be our biggest competition because they beat us at our Tiger Relays last year by .5 points and it was a really close meet, so I think they definitely are going to be our biggest competition this year.

Q: Are there any local teams that stand out?

A: I say Coronado. They would be the second best after Tascosa. They would be our second competition.

Q: Any individuals whom you aspire to beat in competition?

A: Well since I’m not much of an individual competitor I would say that trying to beat the girls 4X4, Coronado and Tascosa. That is definitely going to be a goal because it’s always a really close race between us three.

Q: How confident are you that the Tigers can beat them?

A: I’m pretty confident. I think we can do it. We did pretty good last year and I think we can do it this year.

Q: Does being in District 2-6A make you nervous or does it drive you to compete at a higher level?

A: It actually gives me more drive, because to be the first team to win that 6A title that’s going to give us a lot of motivation and make us work harder to get that title.

— Bryan Navarette

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