On her mark: Sprint specialist Tyra Stovell says running is an essential part of who she is. *Photo by Troy Jennings
On her mark: Sprint specialist Tyra Stovell says running is an essential part of who she is. *Photo by Troy Jennings

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21: Tyra Stovell is living up to our potential. It’s easy to see why when track is such a part of her and being greatly influenced by her father Marvin Stovell, who established records when he was a schoolboy.

The younger Stovell is preparing to bring her A game when Bermuda hosts Carifta in 2012. She spoke to Don Burgess about her sport.

What was your first Carifta experience like?

The whole atmosphere was intense. I was nervous and it felt like everyone was watching me because there were so many people there, but overall it was pretty good.

What does it mean to you to have Bermuda host Carifta in 2012?

To have Carifta in Bermuda next year means it’s time to get serious about it. We need to make sure we’re on our A Game so we don’t get beaten on our home turf.

What will it mean to have friends and family watch you run?

It means so much to me because there will be more support. If I do my best they will be there supporting me. Even if I don’t they will still support me.

How did you get involved in track?

Ever since I was little, I’ve always been involved in running — that’s my thing. But when I was away in Atlanta, I was enrolled in my first track club. When I came back, track just became a part of who I am.

What was your first big win?

When I was in my last year in M3, I was part of the Under-15 girls relay team won both the 4x400 and the 4x100 in the Relay Classics. We found out later that our school, TN Tatem won the Relay Classic event.

What do you want to do with your track ability?

I do enjoy doing track and field, but I do have other dreams. I hope to carry on doing track through the end of high school, but when I get to college I’m going to focus more on my academics.

What do you want to be after college?

I want to be an entrepreneur. I want to own a business that combines all my likes: food, athletics, music and art.

What’s the best piece of running advice you ever received?

My dad Ωtold me Don’t focus on whom I’m running against, but focus on beating my times. For me to keep looking ahead and not looking to side-to-side or panicking. Just let my adrenaline be my power source. He’s always talking to me about how to channel everything and to be better.

Is there any good friendships you’ve developed through the sport?

Everybody on my track team and with Victoria Clarke and Tahira Butterfield from X Factor.

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