Sydnee Over: Super Junior Finds Freedom In Running

Colleges and UniversitiesCollege SportsNew Haven (New Haven, Connecticut)Pan American GamesAllyson FelixWest Hartford

Sydnee Over, girls track athlete of the year,

WINDSOR

Class: Junior

Coach: Ron Wilson

Events: 400 and 800 meters; 4x400 meter relay

Accomplishments: Continued to add to her growing list of accomplishments with a second place in the 800 meters at the New Balance National Championships and a first place at the New England Championships. ... She ran 2:08.66 to take the sliver at the National Championships and crossed the finish line slightly faster at 2:08.41 to take the gold at the New England Championships. ... Ran 2:11.85 in the rain at the State Open to beat a strong field in the 800 that included Hillhouse-New Haven's Kellie Davis and last year's champion, Sarah Gillespie of Northwest Catholic-West Hartford. The victory came less than 30 minutes after finishing second in the 400 meters. ... Was part of Windsor's second straight 4x400 State Open champions. ... Won the Class L titles in the 400 and 800 and ran the anchor leg as Windsor won the 4x400. ... Helped lead Windsor to its third straight Class L Championship

Over Said: “I want to be that girl that people look at and they say ‘She looks fast.’ I want to be that girl. I want be one of those people that other people tell their kids about. Like they’ll say ‘This girl was strong.’ ... Everyone says you’re born or meant to do something — that there’s that one thing that you have a passion for — and ever since I started running there’s something about track I love. In every other sport you do, you run but I never liked any other parts of the sport but running. To me running is like a freedom thing. When I’m on the track, nothing else bothers me. Nothing else fazes me. It is just me and the track. It is like my home.”

Wilson Said: “When you watch her run you see that her potential is limitless. She has the chance to be one of the all-time greats if she continues to work hard. ... I think she has a great future at the collegiate and professional level. ... When it comes to being on the line, she is going to do anything she can to beat her opponent. She means a great deal to our program.”

Up Next: Returns to Windsor next season as senior with even more goals that include shooting for a successful cross country season. ... Looking at colleges now, including UConn, Notre Dame, University of Virginia, Florida State and Texas A & M.

In 10 Years: “My life goal is to run in college and then go to southern California and train. I’ve been this way since I started running. I want to run in college, I want to run professional and I want to win Olympic gold. So if I accomplish those three things my life will be complete. ... Ever since I’ve known the years of the Olympics, I’ve been saying 2016.”

Miscellaneous: Is the only spring athlete this season to be named an All-Courant player of the year in back-to-back seasons. … Brother Devin pitches for the UConn baseball team. ... Mother Celeste Halliday-Over was an Olympic alternate in the 800 meters in 1992, a bronze medalist at the Pan Am Games in Cuba and an All-American at Villanova. ... Loves art, especially sculpture, ceramics and photography. ... Always eats the same breakfast before a race – a plain bagel toasted with butter — and has to straighten her hair for big races. ... Big fan of U.S. Track star Allyson Felix.

Matthew Conyers

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