Sydnee Larkin: Cherokee Trail To Arizona State

Sydnee Larkin will take her talents to Arizona State next year.


                                    Sydnee Larkin's Best Marks

60 - 7.21

100 - 12.21

200 - 25.16

400 - 57.24

Long Jump - 19-4.5

Triple Jump - 41-10


Q) Talk about the recruitment process - what other schools were you looking at, and how did you come to choosing Arizona State?
The recruiting process is kind of stressful but it's fun getting to go on visits to different schools and you go to states that you've never been before. I was looking at Auburn, TCU, Mizzou, University of Miami, and Arizona State. ASU just felt so much like home to me. Right when I got there and met everyone I knew it was the right school for me. There is so much support at ASU and I just felt comfortable. Coach Kraft also has a lot of good jumpers under his belt who have made world teams or the Olympics, so I know I am in good hands and I can definitely become not just a better jumper/sprinter but a better overall athlete while being at Arizona State.

Q) What do you plan to study at Arizona State?
I plan on majoring in Kinesiology and minoring in psychology.

Q) You've had success in everything from the sprints to the jumps - 1)What event do you feel is your primary event, and 2) what event do you see yourself focusing on more at Arizona State?
My primary event is Triple Jump. I am not sure what I am going to focus on more because I was getting recruited for sprinting and jumping. I will definitely be doing sprint work because I need speed down the runway so I know I am going to get thrown in the 60 indoors and the 100 outdoors and maybe the 4x1.

Q) You've been on the comeback trail all indoor season, talk about last year's injury and what you've done to return to form.
Last years injury was very nerve wrecking, I was really close to just giving up because your body takes so long to recover from an injury and my body was definitely taking its time. Junior year is suppose to be your best year because colleges can start communicating with you, so my recruiting process started later due to my injury. I've become a lot more focused and I started doing some other things outside of practice so I could get my hamstrings and everything else stronger to prevent another injury like last year. I came to this
season with a whole new mindset because I had things to prove, not to other people but to myself.

Q) Could you share any goals you have for the upcoming track season?
I know I can go 43-44 in the triple jump and 20 in the long jump outdoor season. I think I will put up fast times in the 100 and 200 but I'm not going to set a goal for myself in those events.

Q) What would your favorite high school moment be?
My favorite high school moment would either have to be winning state as a team my freshmen year or winning the 4x1 at state my sophomore and junior year. Winning as a team excites me more than winning by myself, especially during high school track because I am doing it with my best friends.