EDH Athlete of the Week: Tiana OliverBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
Tiana Oliver worked hard over the summer because she wanted to have a good cross country season.
The Oak Ridge sophomore only started running on the track and field team in the spring, and this is her first season on the cross country team. To prepare for the season, Oliver ran about 250 miles this summer.
“Tiana was the individual champion in the freshman-sophomore girls’ 1,600 meters during the track season and was second in the 3,200,” Oak Ridge coach Bob Wright said. “She has given up other sports to focus on her running, which is great, and I think it will serve her well. She is our number two runner coming into the season, and we’re hoping she will show well enough at league and subsections to make it to the section finals. Tiana is dedicated, talented and a pleasure to work with.”
Folsom Telegraph: What are your hopes/plans for after graduation?
Tiana Oliver: I am hoping to get into a good college and that I keep running either for the school I attend or just for fun.
FT: Do sports run in your family?
TO: My mom was the only one who played sports when she was younger, but they were all very different from the sports I have played. As a result of this, both of my parents have always supported and encouraged me to play different sports.
FT: How long have you been running and how did you get your start in it?
TO: I have been running since I was fourth grade. I decided to go out for the cross country team at Lake Forest Elementary School because I really looked forward and enjoyed running the mile every Friday.
FT: What do you like about cross country?
TO: The thing I like most about cross country is the teamwork, the intensity, and how competitive the sport can be.
FT: Some people say running is a stress reliever. Others say running is a good time to think about things. What does running do for you?
TO: To me running is definitely a stress reliever. It allows me to clear my head and just focus on something other than homework and quizzes for just a couple hours.
FT: Coach Wright said you had a strong offseason. Tell us what you did and about the work you put in.
TO: In the offseason, I did my best to make sure I was pushing myself and increasing my mileage every week.
FT: What are your goals for the upcoming season?
TO: This season I am hoping to help my team as much as I can and just give my all in every race.
FT: Have you ever been involved in any other sports?
TO: Yes, when I was younger I was involved in lacrosse, and swim team; however, right now I play soccer and snowboard for my school’s alpine race team.
FT: What is your favorite class in school?
TO: Right now my favorite class in school is geometry.
FT: Favorite music?
TO: My favorite artists at the moment are Post Malone and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Some of my favorite songs that pump me up for races are Yosemite by Travis Scott, the Motto by Drake, and Taste by Tyga.
FT: Favorite Food?
TO: My favorite food is either sushi or pho.
FT: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.
TO: I have two goofy dogs named Ginger and Jasper. Ginger is a golden retriever and Jasper is a border collie and golden retriever mix.
FT: Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
TO: When I was younger, my uncle, who is a chef, got me into cooking and ever since I have loved to cook meals for my family.
FT: What inspires you in sports?
TO: The chance to help my team win really inspires and motivates me to do my best in all the sports I play.
FT: Is there a particular job or profession you’d like to have after college?
TO: I’m not quite sure what I want to study in college, but I think a profession having to do with criminal justice or nursing would suit my personality best.