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Born in Spokane, Washington, Peyton Putney [DOB 08.26.99] will be a Junior at Cheney High School in Cheney, Washington.
I love track because of the competition. I love to push myself and I love to win. When you are running, nothing matters but you and the track and the person next to you. 11 seconds seems to last a really long time! Running also gives me the feeling of freedom and release. I get that same feeling playing music.
My Dad and my uncle inspired me to be a musician. When I was younger, I played piano, trumpet and percussion. I continue to play sometimes and have started writing music as well. My Dad was also a football player and ran track, but I found the sport of track and field on my own. I was always the fastest kid in grade school, even though I was pudgy. So when I began competing in track in middle school, I gave everything else up to focus on that.
In my first year in high school, I was the only freshman competing at state in the 200 meter dash. I joined Spokane Speed Academy in 2015 and qualified for Nationals in all 4 of my events: the 100 meters and 200 meters, and the 4x100 and 4x200 relays. As a sophomore, my team mates at Cheney High School voted me captain of the boys track team.
Track connects to my future because I want to run as long as possible, even after I am not competing anymore. I am also interested in a sports-related career, such as sports medicine or sports psychology.