Interview with Larissa Chelius | Submitted by Payden North Photography by Kristi Franklin of Kiki's Corner Photography Texas
The Nomination, by Kristi Franklin Payden North is a senior at Stanton High School. She is an avid runner and had so many track medals, we couldn't display all of them on the hurdle we photographed her with. While most of her friends were getting ready for prom this past spring, Payden was running in the Regional Track Meet. That same day, she wore track shoes and then quickly changed in to heels just in time for prom. I believe she also ran in an invitational meet in Australia! When she is not running, playing basketball, or barrel racing with Spanky, you just might see her spending time with her sweet dog, Ray. Payden enjoys hurdles, cross country, basketball, and barrel racing with her beloved horse, Spanky. She is a member of National Honor Society. She received her high school's coveted 110% athletic award this past season but also the year before. We love capturing her love for running, hurdles, Spanky (her horse), and Ray (her dog) during her Senior Session.
How do you manage your time with all your activities and school work? Managing time can be a challenge sometimes but usually I try and dedicate my school day entirely to finishing my school work so that I can freely focus on my other commitments after school.
Was it difficult to run a track meet to then swiftly get to prom? What are some tips you could give to make that change in time? It was pretty stressful at the time and then later became one of my favorite memories that I will always have. The race I was scheduled to run in - the finals ran at 2:30 in the afternoon in San Angelo and prom started at 8 in Big Spring, so I ran and then right after crossing the finish line me and my coaches ran back to the SUV and sped back to Stanton so that I could get ready. The tips I could offer are have a track coach that is willing to speed for you to make it on time and learn how to do your makeup and curl your hair in the car.
What advice would you give to others who are interested in running competitively? My advice to others would be to go for it! I believe that everyone can accomplish anything that they set out to do if they put their faith in God and their whole heart into the effort. You have to trust that your physical and mental strength will break any barriers you thought you had.
How has running impacted your life? Running has made me into the person that I am today. All of my strength, physical and mental commitment, and hardworking attitude has come from pushing myself to become the best version of myself that I have imagined. It has taught me to fight through the hard parts in life and enjoy every moment that you have on and off the track.
Does having a horse make it difficult to commit to other activities? Often times having a horse does make it a little difficult to commit to a lot of other plans because they are just as much of an athlete as I am, so they require constant training, conditioning, and maintenance.