Lindsey Hinken helped lead St. Henry to three cross country state team titles and one track title while in high school. Individually she was the Class A Runner-Up this past fall in Cross Country and placed second overall in the 3200m Run this spring.
She answered some KYtrackXC.com Senior Send-off Questions below. If you graduated and are interested in answering the same questions, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
What was your most memorable race?
My most memorable race was my senior cross country state race. First of all it was my last high school cross country race ever. Secondly, I couldn't have asked for better results of that race. I was very fortunate to be part of my third cross country team state championship and also to be the individual runner-up.
Where did you face your biggest competition?
The biggest competition I faced was probably at the Greater Louisville Classic. I love that meet because it draws the best runners from all over the state, as well as those from other states, which provides a great opportunity to run a PR.
Out of all of your high school accomplishments which stands out the most?
At St. Henry, I have been very lucky to be a part of three cross country state championships and one track state championship. Winning those state titles as a team stands out the most in my mind and overshadows any of my individual accomplishments. Receiving the state trophy with your teammates, whom you've trained hard all season with, is an incredible feeling. It reminds you that all your hard work paid off.
If you could do it all over again what would you change about your running career in high school?
If I could do it all over again, I wouldn't change much. I had a great experience running for St. Henry. I had great teammates and coaches (Tony Harden and Brittany Ryan) who helped me develop as a runner. If I had to pick one thing to do differently, it would be to make sure that I enjoy every moment I had with my teammates, because time flies by. I can't believe how fast the past four years have gone.
What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
I have been very blessed and haven't faced any major injuries or setbacks. I had a few minor injuries like knee and hip tendinitis that contributed to an overall pretty disappointing junior year. It was a frustrating year for me since my times weren't where they should have been. Luckily, I was able to bounce back and have my most successful year yet as a senior.
What will you miss the most?
I will miss so much about high school running! If I had to pick just one thing, I would say I will miss the camaraderie of the running community the most. My teammates became my best friends and like a second family to me. I have also made great friends with my competition. I am still amazed at how friendly and supportive the competition is to each other, something that is truly unique to this sport.
Do you have any advice for younger athletes?
My advice for younger runners is the same thing my dad always told me: “Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” I think runners often hold themselves back because they don't want to risk the success they have to achieve something greater. From personal experience, I can tell younger runners that if they are willing to take a risk to push themselves farther initially, they will surprise themselves, and the results will be great.
What are your college plans?
I will be going to Western Kentucky University in the fall. I plan to double-major in biology and nutrition. I look forward to continuing my running career as a Hilltopper!