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Athlete of the Month: Abby Gorton

Abby Gorton

A junior at Bonners Ferry High School, Abby Gorton has already made her mark in the history books of Bonners Ferry athletics. In cross country, Abby was the district champion and placed fifth at state while also breaking the 5k school record, and the spring track season has been remarkable!

Abby admits to having a great deal of stress before a race, something which is understandable considering her outstanding performances and the desire to do her best.

“I still struggle with this, but I have improved a lot by not overthinking it and doing what I know how to do—just run,” said Abby.

In track, Abby took third place in the 3,200 at state her sophomore year. Recently at districts, which took place at Timberlake, Abby won the 1,600 with a time of 5:31.53 and won the 3,200 in a time of 12:17.17. These remarkable performances had her seeded first in both races for the 3A state championships where Abby had an amazing showing, winning gold in both the 1,600 and 3,200 and breaking school records in both categories.

But it’s not just in athletics where Abby succeeds. She is on the honor roll with a GPA greater than 4.0, takes several courses through North Idaho College and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Abby shares that while she is not sure as to where she will attend school, she does plan to attend a four-year college.

“I am not sure what will be my sports future in college because I primarily want to focus as much as possible on my academics,” said Abby, adding that she wants to become a registered nurse with a goal of committing her life to people in need.

When asked what her most memorable moment has been to date when it comes to sports, Abby said it was at the end of the 3,200 her sophomore year. “It was my first time medaling at track state, and I set a personal record,” said Abby.

Many athletes enjoy the camaraderie that comes with being involved in sports, and Abby is no different.

“I enjoy having the opportunity to run with my closest friends,” said Abby. “I also really enjoy getting to push myself to see what I am able to accomplish.”

Abby shares that an important lesson she has learned from sports is the importance of having a positive mindset.

“What you tell yourself has a strong impact on your body and what you are able to achieve. If you believe you can’t do something, you won’t be able to. If you tell yourself you can and that you want to, you are much more likely to be successful and achieve what you want to achieve.”

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