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Timeout with ... Jessica Boyle, Marysville Pilchuck track

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  • Marysville-Pilchuck's Jessica Boyle competes in the 300 meter hurdles during the Tomahawk Track and Field Classic Saturday in Marysville.

    Annie Mulligan / For The Herald

    Marysville-Pilchuck's Jessica Boyle competes in the 300 meter hurdles during the Tomahawk Track and Field Classic Saturday in Marysville.

Q: How is your senior year going?
A: Oh goodness. It is going by too fast. But it's going lovely. I'm having a great time. My sports season has been really fun and dances and everything. I'm taking every opportunity I can to be involved in everything. I'll really remember the last four years.
Q: Are you excited to graduate?
A: I am excited to graduate. I'm still a little like, 'Oh my gosh. I can't believe it's almost here.' It's about a month away. I'm excited to see what the future has in store for me. It will be fun to end this chapter and start a new one.
Q: Is there anything you'll miss about Marysville Pilchuck?
A: I'm just going to miss the awesome staff here. I love my principal. And all my teachers throughout the years have just been fantastic. I'm going to miss my coaches Mrs. (Shelly) Johnson, Mrs. (Julie) Martin and Mr. (Randy) Davis. They just helped me grow and mature and take on responsibility. I'm just going to miss all of it. The atmosphere. I just really enjoyed it. Pretty much all the faculty and coaches.
Q: How did you get started in track?
A: My amazing, awesome best friend Summer Cull decided to recruit me during basketball season of my freshman year. She was like, 'I know you haven't done track since middle school but you'll love it.' And she was right. It was definitely thanks to her recruiting me or else I wouldn't have experienced so many things.
Q: What events do you compete in?
A: This year I've been doing javelin, 300 hurdles and (4 by 200-meter relay) and (4 by 400-meter relay). I've kind of tried it all.
Q: Do you have a favorite event?
A: Definitely the 4 by 4 (relay) is my favorite. The whole feeling of passing off the baton. It's the last race of the day and everybody hangs around to see who finishes first. It's the worst and best event. You don't want to run it but afterwards you're like, 'Oh my gosh. That felt so good.'
Q: So it seems like you enjoy running for fun. Um … why?
A: (Laughs.) I don't know. It's harder for me to run by myself. If I'm with people -- if l'm working out I like it. I'm kind of addicted to it, the competitiveness. I haven't really figured out why. Everybody asks me, 'Why do you enjoy running?' I just get a good feeling of accomplishment when I'm done.
Q: Honestly, wouldn't you rather sit down and watch television?
A: I definitely like down times and relaxing. I try to fit that in as soon as I can. If I go a day without working out I feel yucky and it just doesn't feel good. I definitely try and balance out my schedule and not take on too much. Down time is definitely important.
Q: How has your season gone so far?
A: It has gone really well. So far -- as of our last track meet last Saturday -- our 4 by 400 team is ranked first in state right now. Hopefully we can keep decreasing our time and keep up there. We've had a few upsets and injuries. But overall it's been a really great track season.
Q: Do you have any goals for your last season?
A: To make it again to state in the 4 by 4 would be awesome. That's definitely the No. 1 goal. I'd like to get the 4 by 200 to state this year. We haven't done that in a while. It's a race my friends and I all enjoy. I'd like to PR (get a personal record time) a little more in the 300 hurdles. I'm trying to break 50 (seconds). I haven't done it yet but I will. I have a few more meets left.
Q: Do you play any other sports?
A: I play volleyball and basketball.
Q: If you had to pick, which one is your favorite?
A: Well I'll be continuing basketball and volleyball after high school. Volleyball has been my true love for a really long time. Definitely, I would say volleyball is my first. But they're all really close. I love the feeling of doing one sport for a while but then changing it up.
Q: What do you like to do in your free time, if you have any?
A: (Laughs.) I like to socialize. I don't really have much free time. I go to school and then I go to practice. And then I go home and then I do my homework. And I have to eat because I'm starving. Then I go to bed and do it all over again. Anytime there are other sports, like soccer, or dances or something I try to go too. I also really enjoy time with my family. We try to have game nights every week, and some down time with them to catch up is nice after a busy week.
Q: Any cool plans for the rest of senior year?
A: We have prom this Saturday and I'm very excited. I've been on the senior cabinet to help plan it. It's going to be very fun. All the girls are going crazy. It's going to be so fun. I don't have my dress yet it's still getting made. But it'll be OK. After that we have our after-grad night party. But pretty much prom is the last event that everyone's talking about.
Q: What are your plans after graduation?
A: I'm going to Edmonds Community College and I'm playing volleyball and basketball there. I'm hoping after two years to transfer to Seattle U. (Seattle University) or U-Dub (University of Washington) and get a degree in business management.
Q: How much time a day do you think you spend on Facebook?
A: Well I have an iPhone so if it's not Facebook it's Twitter. If it's not Twitter, I like to go on Pinterest a lot and look at pictures. I probably go on it -- I don' t know -- I seem to be looking at it most of the day. Unless I'm working out or in school. Then I'm focused I promise.
Q: What advice would you give to a freshman just starting out at Marysville Pilchuck to be successful in his or her high school career?
A: My little brother's a freshman this year. I would say definitely be more involved in the school, as best as you can. And try to go to more events. And know that even though you're a little baby on a bigger campus than the middle school, you're going to grow fast. The time will fly. Treasure the time and your friends. Just really enjoy it and try your best. Each day's brand new and it's up to you to make it the best you can.

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