Senior Spotlight: Kara Nunnally - Northridge High School

Kara Nunnally

What was your most memorable meet and why?
The most memorable meet was this year's city/county meet. It was so memorable because it was our last home meet. All of the seniors were recognized, and we all received beautiful flowers and gift bags. On top of that, I got a PR in the triple jump and placed fourth. 

Where did you face your biggest competition?
I faced my biggest competition at the Southern Miss Invitational. It was such a great experience to get to compete against people from a different state. 

Out of all of your high school accomplishments, which stands out the most and why?
A few accomplishments that stand out to me are the following: being part of a 3x back-to-back state championship team, finishing in the top four in the city/county, and improving by a foot in the long and triple jump. 

If you could do it all over again, what would you change about your running career in high school?
Looking back, I would change nothing. Although I didn't get to compete all four years, I am very grateful for the coaches, teammates, and accomplishments I gained along the way. I am most proud of my motivation during physical therapy to get back on the track and compete with the best team! Go Jags!

What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome during your HS Track career?
During my freshman year of the indoor season, I had a really big fall going over a hurdle. When I got up, I immediately knew that I had torn something in my foot. It turned out that I tore my posterior tibial tendon. This injury left me doing physical therapy for two years. On top of that, I had to deal with the COVID shutdown in 2020. Not being able to see my teammates and not being able to train due to my injury really left me feeling lonely, defeated, and hopeless. I would say that not competing for two years was very difficult for me, but without my trainers, coaches, and teammates, I would never have pushed through these obstacles.

What will you miss the most?
I will miss my teammates the most! Each and every person I met through track never failed to make me smile and has always been there for me.

Do you have any advice for younger athletes?
Always remember to ice and stretch after a hard workout. Also, don't take any moment with your teammates for granted. These four years go by super fast!

What are your post-high school or college plans? Who would you like to say thank you to?
I plan to attend the University of Alabama this fall. I am studying Kinesiology in hopes of becoming an athletic trainer. I want to thank all of my athletic trainers who helped me persevere through tough injuries and sparked my interest in this field of study.