D9Sports.com/EYT Media is doing a series of player profiles on returning high-school athletes this summer. The year in school listed by the athlete is the year the athlete is entering this fall.
(Submitted photo. Photo by Melissa Ford)
ALAYNA FORD – SOPHOMORE – UNION
Daughter of: Melissa Anthony Ford and Jonathan Ford
Sports Played: Cross Country (co-op with A-C Valley) and Track
Family Members Playing/Played Sports: Her mom did track. Her cousins (Reed and Ryan Anthony) played baseball and basketball at Clarion and another cousin, (Noelle Anthony) plays softball, basketball and volleyball at Clarion.
2018-19 Highlights: She qualified for the District 9 track & field champions in the 4×100-meter relay while also lettering in track. She was a frequent place winner in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash during the season.
Post-High School Plans: She plans on going to college (Pitt, hopefullY) and wants to get into the medical field and be a radiologist. She would like to participate in cross country and track in college.
Q&A With Alayna Ford
D9Sports: What is your favorite sport to participate in and why?
AF: My favorite sport to participate in is cross country because of all of the freedom running gives me. I absolutely love running in the woods, and like taking in all of the scenery around me.
D9Sports: What is your favorite memory, moment, game from playing high school sports?
AF: Going to districts in track for our 4×100 relay team.
D9Sports: Why do you play high school sports?
AF: I play high school sports because I really enjoy the competition, and it’s really fun getting to practice and work hard with many of my friends that I’m close to. I also make lots of new friends along the way.
D9Sports: Who has had the most influence on your athletic career and why?
AF: Good athletes who are a few grades older than me, or used to go to this school most influence me because I see how successful they are, and that motivates me to strive to get better.
D9Sports: If you could change one thing about high school sports, what would it be and why?
AF: I wish that more people would participate in some of the sports so that we wouldn’t have to co-op, and we could represent our schools individually.
D9Sports: If you could be president for a day, what would be the one major thing you would do?
AF: I would change the voting age to 16 because I believe 16- and 17-year-olds have valid opinions too.
D9Sports: What is your ideal place to live? County, City, Suburb? Why?
AF: I would like to live in the city because of the variety of things that you can do there.
D9Sports: What would someone who doesn’t know you be surprised to find out about you?
AF: I’m very quiet, and people are often surprised that I can sing.
D9Sports: What is your strongest subject in school?
D9Sports: If there was one period in history or one event in history you could go back to, what would it be?
AF: I would like to go back to the early 1500’s so that I could meet Leonardo Da Vinci.
D9Sports: What question do you wish I would have asked you? And what is the answer to it?
AF: I wish you would have asked me what my goal is for my high school sports. My goal is to make it to states in either/both cross country and track.