Payton Grigsby from Wadsworth High School is our female 1590 WAKR Student Athlete for the week of September 22nd-29th.
A senior at Wadsworth, Payton has participated in cross-country since her sophomore year. She was a quick learner and a natural athlete, as she has placed high many meets, including taking home first place in an individual race at the Wooster Invitational in early September.
“We do about forty miles a week,” says Payton when talking about her cross-country training. “We definitely build a good base, and do a bunch of speed work toward the end of the season.”
However, cross-country running was not Payton’s first love. She has played soccer from an early age, and decided to run track her freshman year. Her experiences in track and field led her to joining the cross-country team as a sophomore.
After high school, Payton is still undecided as to where she wants to continue her education. She does plan on running in college, talking with schools from Divisions 1 through III. In the classroom, Payton would like to major in Art Therapy.
“I’ve always wanted to help people,” she says about art therapy. "I love art, and I think that’s the best thing for me right now."