Senior Morgan Woodard of Glenn is not someone who likes to sit still, and when you combine that trait with a highly competitive spirit, you have the makings of a good track athlete.
Former girls track coach Anthony Brannon thought so, too, and coaxed Woodard onto the track team.
“Freshman year, the coach talked me into trying out for the (indoor) team,” Woodard said. “I had come out for workouts just to see if I’d like it or not. By that point, he had motivated me to try out for the team.”
Woodard competes in the 200-, 400- and occasionally the 100-meter events for the Bobcats. According to her, she’s been running fast all her life − she just needed to find the right sport.
“I always had a passion for running so I decided to find a sport that would fit my passion,” she said. “I started in middle school at Southeast.”
Though she found success in middle school, the transition to high school track was a bit of a culture shock.
“There’s a lot more competition,” Woodard said. “And practices were a lot more intense and there are more meets in high school.”
Now in her fourth season, Woodard is a team captain. She relishes the extra responsibility and accountability she has to both her teammates and coaches.
“Everybody comes to me with their questions about track, especially if they’re just starting out. They want to know my experience. They always look to me to start warm-ups and get everyone together. I like being a team captain and being around my teammates. It’s a lot of fun.”
Woodard is a member of the National Honor Society and is in the top 25 students in her class. She is president of the Kernersville Cares for Kids Club as well as vice president of the Ebony Club. She will attend N.C. A&T this fall.
“I got accepted into an honors program there,” she said. “I’m going to major in biology, pre-med. I want to be a dermatologist.”
Three questions for Woodard
Q: Who is your favorite musical artist?
Q: What is your favorite restaurant?
Q: What are you watching on Netflix?
Answer: “Grey’s Anatomy”