Hurricane senior eyes finish line at end of stellar athletic career
This week, Hurricane High senior Anna Gordon races to the finish not only of a state championship track event, but a successful high school career.
Gordon, who won the Class AAA 800-meter in 2015, will look to finish atop the podium in her final meet. A four-year runner and multi-sport athlete for the Redskins, Gordon opted this year to forgo her senior basketball season and focus on her track training.
“I just had the mindset that I wanted to have a good season this year and I was going to do what it takes to have a good season,” Gordon said. “I’m not running next year in college, so I’m just treating this year trying to do the best that I can and just try to have fun with it.”
With her talent, work ethic and so much on the line, Hurricane coach Eric Cooper said he doesn’t doubt impressive performances in Gordon’s final meet.
“I think she’s going to do what she needs to do to get there and finish out her career in a big way,” he said.
Gordon, who also ran cross country, competes as a middle-distance runner, with the 800-meter race her signature event.
“I love both sports, but I’ve always been more a sprinter, mid-distance type of person,” Gordon said, “so I’ve always enjoyed track more than I have cross country. I’ve always liked the 800 the best. I just felt like it suited me more with how I run, but I like all of them.”
It takes a special runner to excel at that particular event, Cooper said.
“The 800 is a unique blend of having endurance and having speed,” he said. “You have the long-distance runners coming down [in distance] and the sprinters coming up, and it’s kind of that event in the middle. To be competitive at it, you do have to have some speed.
“Her speed endurance qualities are strong, but more than anything she’s just tough. She’s a competitor. In my opinion, the 800 is probably the toughest event in track. She definitely has the toughness that it takes.”
As her final meet looms, Gordon said she’s trying to take a calm approach and enjoy the experience.
“I’m just trying not to put too much stress on myself,” she said. “[I just hope to] peak at states and just to work with my team and hope everybody else does good at states.”
Gordon’s long and successful career ends at this year’s state meet, but there’s great anticipation she’ll post one of her best races yet.
“She’s had a really successful high school career and it’s been fun to watch,” Cooper said. “We’re ready to see her go out with a strong finish.”