An emerging leader on the Highland Park track and field team, Nyjah Lane hopes her success blossoms alongside her increased responsibility. Last season, Lane anchored a record-breaking relay team at the Central Suburban League North meet. The junior wants to leave her mark at Highland Park with a trip to state in May.
Head coach Sarah Palmberg said that Lane “has learned a lot about herself and hard work in the last year, which will transfer to times on the track. She’s really understanding the bigger picture as an athlete.”
Name: Nyjah Lane
Age/year in school: 17/Junior
Sport: Track and Field
Position/Specialty: 100-meter, 200-meter, 4-x-100 meter relay, 4-x-200 meter relay
How long have you run track? 7 years
What do you love most about track and field?
I love the adrenaline rush I get right before the race is about to start and putting all my energy into the race, then seeing the time to point out what I need to do to be better and faster.
What are your goals for this season? How will you achieve them?
To place at state and bring home a medal. Especially before I graduate, I want to make a name for myself and do something most of my family hasn’t achieved. I plan on keeping a positive attitude and working on obstacles I still need to overcome to make my times lower.
What are you looking forward to most this season?
Another great season with my team and seeing the progression in everyone and how far the Highland Park track and field team can go.
Do you have any rituals or superstitions when you play?
I have to do at least 3 jumps before a race to get my heart racing and replay the race in my head to push myself to run faster.
Who has inspired you most in your athletic endeavors?
My father because he takes the time to keep my motivation high and he makes time to think and do exercises or anything to make me a better athlete.
If you didn’t run track, what would you be doing?
I would be in some other sport. My whole life I have been active in and out of school activities if it was softball, cheerleading, volleyball or basketball. I don’t like just not doing anything after school; it feels unnatural.
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Allyson Felix [Olympic track and field athlete] because watching her in the Olympics was unreal and because my strongest event is [also] the 200-meter.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy outside track and field?
I like to spend time with my family, especially because my dad is in the Army. It makes spending time with them one of my top priorities.
Favorite quote or words to live by:
I’m not sure who it’s by, [but] my coach told me: “Man imposes his own limitations, so don’t set any.”
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