Tyra Gittens, Ensworth High sophomore
Why chosen? Gittens, a Trinidad and Tobago native, polished off an exceptional sophomore season by snagging five Division II titles. Gittens, who tied a state record by high-jumping 6 feet at the Scott Hartman Relays, captured a first-place finish in the pentathlon (3,681), and captured victories in the 100-meter hurdles (15.01), 200-meter dash (25.33), high jump (5-7) and long jump (19-5½).
Quote: “My dad and my coaches, we had a plan (this year) — to (high jump) 6 feet, and breaking 19 feet in the long jump. We did. It was a good season.”
Family: Dad Sterling, mom Debra Venesa, sisters Caroline (35), Nikki (21) and Nsia (12), brothers Sterling Jr. (25) and William (22).
College plans: “I’m not sure yet.”
Athletic background: “My father was a very athletic man, so I got my love for track from him. I started running track in sixth grade, and did summer and school track.”
Best sports moment: “So far my favorite moment was when I cleared 6 feet for the first time.”
Favorite event: “I love the heptathlon, but to be more specific, my favorite event is either the high jump or long jump.”
Favorite athlete: Alison Felix
What do you think about Brentwood Academy’s George Patrick? “I don’t know him personally, but from what I’ve seen, he’s an amazing athlete.”
Favorite food: “If you can eat it and not die, I will eat it. The way to my heart is food. I love my culture’s food. My favorite dish is called Rotti.”
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? “Enjoying my Olympic medal (laugh out loud).”
Summer plans: Gittens will compete in the National Junior Olympics in Hampton, Va. (July 29-Aug. 8).