Faith Leri

Name: Faith Leri

School: Juniata Valley

Age: 17

Grade: Junior

Sport: Track and field

Athlete of the week achievement: Leri won the high, long and triple jumps at the Inter-County Conference Championships and also won the same three events at the team’s own invitational.

Season update: Leri has cleared 5 feet, 2 inches in the high jump, leaped 15-5 in the long jump and 31-10 in the triple jump.

Coach Suz Price’s quote: “She’s one of the most talented jumpers I’ve ever seen. She works hard – sometimes she drives herself too hard.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Thomas

Favorite subject: English

Favorite movie: “Up”

Favorite food: Beef and noodles

Favorite song: No preference

Outside interests: Reading, writing, going out with friends

Favorite professional team: No preference

Favorite college team: Penn?State

Pro athlete most admired: No preference

Best athlete I ever had as a teammate: Haley Myers

Best athlete I ever competed against: Tyrone’s Erika Voyzey

Most influential person on my athletic career: My mom

Proudest athletic achievement: “The greatest achievement I could have is getting better. No trophy can compare to knowing that inside I’m becoming the athlete I want to be.”

How I got my start in track and field: “I was leaving a basketball game my freshman year when Coach Price stopped me in the hallway and said, ‘You could jump out of this gym if you wanted to! Have you ever thought about doing track?”’

Future goal: “I plan on going to college for biology and hope to be a part of the track and/or volleyball programs.”