Jenna Lineberry is pulling double duty this spring for the track and field and soccer teams at Mount Tabor.
This is the first time she has played soccer since she arrived at Mount Tabor, though it was her initial plan to play for all four years.
Track and field just got in the way.
“I had never stepped on a track before I got to Mount Tabor,” said Lineberry, who started playing soccer in second grade. “I went out for indoor track as a freshman as a way to get in shape for soccer and I loved it so much, I wanted to continue running track in the spring. My plan was to play soccer when I got here. Little did I know I would fall in love with running.”
She hasn’t stopped running since her indoor season as a freshman, even picking up cross country as a sophomore.
As much as Lineberry has loved running — she ran a leg on the NCHSAA Class 4-A state championship 4x800 relay team last year — she still felt a little itch to return to her first love this year.
“It’s my senior year and I wanted to play soccer again” she said. “I won’t miss a track meet because of soccer, but there are days when I’ll come do a workout on the track and then go play in a soccer game. I have missed a couple of games because of track, but both of my coaches have been very understanding about it. They know that track is my priority.”
She is also realistic about her role on the soccer team, where she is a reserve forward.
“It’s been a lot of fun to be back out there,” she said. “I know I’m not as good as I used to be, and it has definitely been an adjustment to play again and use the skills I learned when I was younger. I just want to try and help my teammates get the best result we can.”
Lineberry, who has been a team captain in track and cross country the last two seasons, runs the anchor leg on the 4x800 relay team this year as well as the 800, 1600, and 4x400.
“A lot of her development over the years has been with her personality and her leadership ability,” Coach Mike Riley said. “She has always been talented and is really competitive. The worry sometimes if you have kids who split sports is that they might expect the same result but don’t put in the time. That’s not a problem for her.”
Lineberry, who will run at Appalachian State, is also in the National Honor Society and is the sports editor for the school newspaper.