Photos courtesy of Hillsboro Athletics
Recently Hillsboro’s Elaina Readnour signed to compete in track & field at Maryville University. She continues a long standing tradition of track athletes within the Readnour family. She was able to spend a little time with Ameritime Sports explaining what track means to her, and what went into her decision to attend Maryville.
Q: Why Maryville? Why did you end up choosing to further your athletic career there?
Readnour: “I started looking at Maryville when I wanted to go into PT, and then I got into their PT program. Track was something I really wanted to do, and I prayed a lot about it, and then coach called to give me an offer.”
Q: What other schools did you consider, if any?
Readnour: “I considered SEMO for a while because my family went there, and I was planning on teaching, but I eventually changed my mind.”
Q: How did you get your start in track & field? Was it always a dream of yours to compete in college, and when did you think it was a realistic possibility?
Readnour: “I started track when I was in 7th grade and didn’t like it (I just ran the mile). Then the next year I started jumping and fell in love with track. Once I started really getting into it, I knew it was what I wanted to continue to do.”
Q: You were involved in other sports at HHS. Why did you decide to devote your time to track & field for college?
Readnour: “I also played basketball for 13 years (including high school), and I love playing. However, basketball was stressful and mentally exhausting. So I chose track because I have a greater passion for it, and now basketball is an activity I do for fun!”
Q: Who have been your biggest influences in track & field, either directly or indirectly?
Readnour: “My brothers Eli and Isaac has been my biggest influences with track. Isaac is a college athlete and has helped coach me throughout the years. Eli also did track in high school, and he is one of my biggest supporters as well as helping me train. They both have helped influence me to keep pushing and working hard with track.”
Q: What is the one memory from your Hillsboro career that stands out the most for you?
Readnour: “One memory that stands out from high school track is the coaching staff. They all, throughout my high school career, were supportive and encouraging. I know I wouldn’t be where I am today if I did not have them as my coaches.”
Q: When track & field is over for your career, what do you think we’ll see Elaina Readnour doing with her life?
Readnour: “After I am done with my track career, I plan to become a physical therapist and hopefully coach basketball or track.”
Q: Finally, for all those little ones who have dreams to do what you’re doing, what’s the best advice that you could give them?
Readnour: “My best advice for anyone wanting to continue competing after high school is to keep pushing when it gets hard and be the most positive person on the field, court, or track (that includes no complaining). The mental game will always be the hardest battle!”