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Athlete Of The Week: Holy Redeemer Track & Field’s Karissa Spade

By Tyler Piccotti, Staff WriterMay 27, 2019

Holy Redeemer sophomore Karissa Spade won a pair of medals at the PIAA Track and Field Championships, finishing fourth in the 200 and anchoring the Royals’ second-place 4x400 relay. What did you think by the end of the day when you knew you had won two medals? I was more surprised and happy because my teammates were saying, “You can do it, you can do it!” I was still frustrated from the 100, and on the 200 I was like, “This is my chance to get a medal and show people who you really are.” The second place for the (relay), I had three girls counting on me. I can’t let them down. Do you prefer the relays or individual events? I really didn’t think I was going to like the 4x4, but with the girls on it, I really like it. I can say I was more excited to run that than I was the 100. The 100 and 200, I was nervous, but that one I was like, “Let’s have fun.” You were the anchor in that race; what’s the feeling like when your teammates are running and you’re waiting for your turn? When we first go out there, I’m really excited. Then seeing that first leg, I hear that gun and it clicks that we started already. I see the first leg run and the second leg run and by that point I’m like, “Maddy (Madison Dewees), please don’t leave me by myself over here.” When I see her coming down the last stretch, I say, “It’s your time; you have to finish this for the girls.” Any goals you already have for next year? My goal in the 100 is to hit 11.9, 11.8 (seconds). My 200, I want to get down to a 24.5 or something like that. The 4x4, I just want to get first. I believe we can. GET TO KNOW KARISSA Age: 15 Family: Mother, Katica Glover; brothers, Khalil White, Kaleb Spade, and King Spade; grandparents, Dawn and Joe Hayes Favorite school subject: American literature Favorite movie: “Love and Basketball” Favorite team: WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks Favorite athlete: Kevin Durant Prerace ritual: Listening to her teammates sing “Push it to the Limit” from “High School Musical” One word that best describes Karissa is ... unique. If Karissa could have a superpower, it would be ... the ability to fly. If Karissa won the lottery, the first thing she would do is ... give some of the money to charity. Karissa’s biggest role models are ... her brothers. In the future, Karissa ... hopes to attend college and play track and basketball.

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