Thunder Mountain senior track and field standout Sydney Thorne comes from a family of runners. Thorne said her parents’ running background helped encourage her to become involved in track.
“Both my parents were runners,” she said. “My mom was a distance runner and my dad was a sprinter. So, I just followed in their footsteps.”
The Florida native works at a local day care where she said she takes pleasure in working with the kids. She has an interest in the medical field, likes spending her time outdoors and is planning on attending an extension of Florida State next fall.
What events do you compete in?
“I do the 100-meter dash, the 4-x-100 and 4-x-200 relays and the long jump. Right now, the 100 meter is my strength. The long jump used to be, but the 100 is probably my favorite now.”
How do you like to spend your time when you’re not running track?
“I work at Juneau Christian Daycare. I started working there in October and fell in love with it because little kids are so cute and they’re fun to work with. I have four little siblings, so I already knew what to do. I always want to work with kids.
I also travel to Florida a lot. I’m originally from there, and I have family there. I love the beach, jogging, biking ... outdoor things. I’m from Destin, Fla. It’s on the Panhandle, near Alabama and Long Beach.”
What brought you up to Alaska?
“My parents got job offers here in the medical field. They had always wanted to live in Alaska, so they’re kind of living a dream. I’ve moved around a lot. After Florida, I moved to Charleston, S.C., then Gillette, Wyo., and then here.”
What are your academic interests?
“I love English. That’s what I take at UAS. I don’t think I will pursue an English career, but I really like the class. It was much more involved than any high school class I had ever taken. We got to go see plays and write commentaries and reviews. It was really fun. I want to eventually do something in the medical field. I love little kids and I started working at the day care because I wanted to be a physical therapist for children. I also think it would be fun to be a track coach. I haven’t really made up my mind.”
What’s your plan for next year?
“In a about a month I am moving back to Florida, and I plan on going to an extension of Florida State University in Panama City. I’m just going to get my basics done, and then I’ll probably transfer to the main FSU campus in Tallahassee (Fla.). Hopefully I’ll be able to continue to compete in track.”