MPRD Spotlight

  • Thursday, May 29, 2014

Jessica Rumrill and Ben Evans. PROVIDED

The Moultrie News and Mount Pleasant Recreation Department come together each week to feature a local track or cross-country athlete from East Cooper as part of MPRD spotlight.

Jessica Rumrill and Ben Evans both run with the Mount Pleasant Track Club. Rumrill, 12,competes in the 80-meter hurdles, long jump and high jump, while Evans, 9, competes in the 400-meter dash, long jump and javelin.

If you could be anyone for a day, who would you be?

Rumrill: I would be Usain Bolt so I could see what it feels like to run the 100-meter dash in 9.5 seconds.

Evans: Kelly Slater.

What’s your favorite Mount Pleasant restaurant?

R: Without a doubt, Los Arcos. I love their tacos and rice.

E: Senor Tequila on Coleman Boulevard.

What’s the best moment of your athletic career?

R: When I made it to regionals for long jump during my first year of track.

E: Making a touchdown and game-saving tackle in football last season.

What’s the best advice you’ve received from a coach?

R: “You are racing the clock, not everyone else,” Coach Tami Dennis.

E: “The only way you get better, is if you practice.”

What do you look forward to most about being an adult?

R: I look forward to being able to drive, vote and live in my own house.

E: Becoming a pro football player. I like to tackle people.

What are the most difficult, and what are the most fun aspects of track?

R: The most challenging parts of track are perfecting your technique and distance workouts. But the most fun part about track is seeing all of your hard work pay off at meets.

E: Difficult is keeping my speed in the 400. Fun is great teammates.

What is your favorite movie and favorite TV show?

R: N/A

E: “Captain American: The Winter Soldier” and “Gold Rush”

If you could have dinner with any three people, who would you choose?

R: I would have dinner with LeBron James, Niall Horan and Lolo Jones.

E: Kelly Slater, Johnny Depp, Tony Hawk.

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