MPRD spotlight athletes
Each week, the Moultrie News and the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department will feature local cross country athletes participating in the department.
Tyson Smith, 8, Maggie Rudes, 11, and Piper Barnhart, 9, all run with the Mount Pleasant Track Club.
Q.: If you could be anyone for a day, who would you be?
Tyson Smith: Usain Bolt
Maggie Rudes: Missy Franklin
Piper Barnhart: Missy Franklin
Q.: What is your favorite Mount Pleasant restaurant?
TS: Ye Ole Fashioned
Q.: What is the best moment in your athletic career?
TS: Winning two for two cross country meets in my age group.
MR: Scoring my first goal in soccer at age 8.
PB: Finishing a race in Cross Country.
Q.: What is the best advice you have gotten from a coach?
TS: Never look back at who’s behind you.
MR: Practice makes perfect.
PB: Sprint the curves.
Q.: What do you look forward to the most about being an adult?
TS: Being able to drive alone.
MR: Being able to start my own family.
PB: Being able to run a marathon.
Q.: What do you think are the most difficult and most fun aspects of cross country?
TS: Difficult – keeping a steady pace; Fun – Going down hills.
MR: Difficult-pacing yourself; Fun-Running with friends.
PB: The most difficult is running after swim practice. The most fun is knowing that you completed a race.
Q.: What is your movie and TV show?
TS: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” and “Phineas & Ferb.”
MR: Movie - “Home Alone;” TV - “America’s Got Talent.”
PB: “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.”
Q.: If you could have dinner with any three people who would you choose?
TS: Jadeveon Clowney, Usain Bolt and Chris Bosh.
MR: Madeline Davis (friend), Adam Levine, Mr. Cragg (fifth grade teacher).
PB: Missy Franklin, Michael Phelps, and Ryan Lochte.