Athlete of the Week: Amaya Van Essen

Feature Q&A with Amaya Van Essen

Placed third at the class 2A State-Qualifying Meet with a time of 20 minutes, 47 seconds


What brand of running shoes do you prefer?

Asics.

What kind of Halloween candy is your favorite?

Peanut Butter M&M’s.

What is your favorite brand of sports drink? Dasani water.

Got to hydrate or die-drate.

Besides your own, what school has the best uniforms?

BHRV Nighthawks.

What are you most looking forward to about running in the state meet?

Glorifying God and making memories with my team.

What is your favorite sports movie?

“McFarland USA.”

What is the scariest movie you’ve seen?

“Annabelle.” I’m not a fan of anything horror.

What is one skill you wish you had but don’t?

Being more extroverted.

What is your ideal vacation?

Be in the mountains hiking, skiing or just adventuring.

What is your favorite subject in school?

Math.

What do you do on a long bus ride on the way to a meet?

Put my hair into fast braids and chill with my team.

Who is your favorite athlete?

Colleen Quigley.

What is the most frequent line you hear from your coach?

“Word on the street is . . .”, “You are running smart, you got this” or “trust your training.”