Senior Hero Carson Holly Winona High

Name:Carson Holly

School:Winona High School

Q: What does your training look like right now given the current situation?

A: I run at least four miles every day and do a hill workout once a week. During rainy days I will do an ab workout.

Q: What are you doing to stay busy other than run right now?

A: I work at my local grocery store and I spend time with my family.

Q: What was your most memorable race/moment?

A: My most memorable moment was winning the 3A 1600m state championship. The rush of joy that came over me is a feeling that I will never forget.

Q: What was the funniest thing that happened during your running career?

A: One cross country race during my freshman year the guy next to me tripped in the first mile and grab my jersey on the way down. He pulled off half my jersey and I had to run the rest of the race with one sleeve on. My coach told me after the race that I looked like Andre the giant.

Q: Who would you consider your biggest competition over your four years?

A: My biggest competition over the year was actually a teammate named Cameron Bullard. He beat every year until my junior year. He motivated me to get better and work harder at practice to try to beat him.

Q: What was your greatest accomplishment?

A: My greatest accomplishment was winning the 3A 1600m state championship.

Q: If you could do it all over again what would you change about your running career in high school?

A: I would have trained harder when I was younger. I didn't take running seriously until my sophomore year. If I would've trained harder when I was younger there is no telling how good I would be.

Q: What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?

A: I broke my wrist so bad that I needed to have a metal plate surgically put in my wrist ten days before the state cross country meet this year. I could not run in my last high school cross country meet due to this injury. I decided to work harder than I have had before to win another state championship in track. Then the season got cancelled, but luckily, I had already signed to run in college.

Q: What will you miss the most?

A: I will miss the teammates that I have grown close to over the years. I will also miss my coach McRae because he is the only track coach I have ever had.

Q: What advice would you give to younger athletes?

A: You make not like the workout, but you need to give it your all. You never know what will be the thing that pushes you over the edge to become the best you can.

Q: What kind of an impact has your coach had on you and your team?

A: Coach McRae has had a major impact on me. He has always pushed me to be not only the best runner I can be but also the best person I can be. He knows what gets me going and knows how to use it to motivate me. The Rocky movies are some of my favorite movies of all time, so whenever he thought I was losing my edge he would tell me to go home and watch Rocky III. He would tell me I was starting to lose the eye of the tiger to motivate me to give it my all.

Q: What are your college plans?

A: I am going to major in pre-PT kinesiology then attend UMMC to get my doctorate in physical therapy.

Q: Who would you like to say 'thank you' to?

A: I would like to thank Coach McRae, my parents, Coach Miller, Coach Campbell, and my teammates.
Q: Is there anything else you'd like to add?

A: I have race superstitions that I do every race day. I have a pair of socks that I wear every race. Before every race I also eat a bag of wild berry skittles. I don't know what made me start doing this but I've been doing this for every race for the last three years.

Q: Favorite Meal?

A: My favorite meal is chicken alfredo.

Q: If you could be any animal what would you choose? and why?

A: If I could be any animal it would be a cheetah. I think they are a really pretty animal and their speed is absolutely amazing.

Q: Your favorite superhero?

A: Spider-Man