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Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight: Kaitlyn Wall – West De Pere track and field




By Murray Gleffe


Name: Kaitlyn Wall

Parents: Dale and Hollie Wall

Activity: Track and field

Twitter: @kaitlyn18wall

Wall describes herself as being passionate about track and field, witty and hard-working.

Her favorite runner is Steve Prefontaine (Oregon Ducks) because of his style of going out fast and then hanging on at the end by gutting it out.

What teammate would you go to the Olympics with?

“My whole long-distance crew. We’re a pretty random group of kids, but they make everything more fun.”

Talk about how you stay motivated in practice with long-distance runs each and every day.

“It’s often difficult to stay motivated on hard days, but it’s really just about beating the voice in my head telling me that I’m tired or that I should slow down. I usually count down the miles/minutes left, and I also rely a lot on Claire Jensen and the rest of our long-distance crew to keep pushing me.”

What is your most embarrassing track and field moment?

“When I tripped behind the timing van during the 800. I was in a pretty good position, but then all of a sudden, I was in last place and no one saw how it happened. I was all scraped up after.”

Who is the most likely to be early/late to practice?

“Claire Jensen is the most likely to be late for sure, but I usually don’t get there much earlier. Jermaine Evans would probably be early because he’s always trying to get an extra run in.”

What’s the hardest part about performing a handoff in a relay race?

“Getting the baton to the next runner when they take off fast, and your legs don’t feel like moving anymore.”

If you could be somebody for a day, who would it be?

“Michael Phelps so I could eat and train like an Olympian for a day.”

What are your goals for the 2019 season?

“As a team, we have our sights set on winning our fifth conference title in a row, and I think it would be a great way to end my track career. Individually, I’m focused on getting personal records in my events and leaving it all on the track since this is my last chance to show what I’ve got.”

Talk about your family.

“I have a 21-year old sister named Courtney who lives in Madison. She’s always inspired me to be a better runner. My parents are my biggest supporters. Between the two of them, they have maybe missed two of my high school sporting events.”

What is your favorite app?

“Instagram or Twitter.”

Do you have a nickname?

“Most of my coaches call me Wall but my friends all call me KT.”

What is one thing that other teammates or coaches don’t know about you?

“I love to read.”

What are your college aspirations?

“I’m heading to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities this fall and hope to major in accounting and minor in Spanish.”

What are your hobbies?

“Spending time with friends and family, running and trying new coffee shops.”

Chicago or Boston Marathon?

“Boston. It’s such a famous race, and it’s during the perfect time of year for running.”

What are three things you’re going to miss about attending West De Pere?

“The teachers, eating lunch with my friends every day and spending time with teammates during sporting events.”

Coast of California for a jog or a fall run in Maine?

“Probably the coast of California, so I could jump in the ocean after to cool off.”

What other sport would you have tried had you not been so successful at track and field?

“I’d probably try soccer since I played for a while as a kid, and a lot of my friends play.”


Food: Cookie dough

Movie: “10 Things I Hate About You”

Truck: Chevy Silverado

Summer activity: Going up north

Restaurant: Koko Sushi Bar

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