Wingate’s Vanisha Wilshire who became 2nd in the nation for High Jump

Tariah Harrell, Staff Writer

This week’s Spotlight of the Week is sophomore high jumper Vanisha Wilshire from Wingate’s Women’s Track and Field. Vanisha shared a few of her favorite things with us and talked about how she feels about the season thus far.

What is your favorite color(s)? :Blue and Pink

What is your lucky number?: 13

What is your favorite food? : Pizza

If you can travel to any place in the world, where would you go and why? Egypt because I would love to see the pyramids in person.

When did you start doing track? In the seventh grade for fun; still is!

If you could meet any celebrity, who would you want to meet and why?: Allyson Felix. She is one of the best female runners out right now. She’s truly amazing to watch.

Who is your favorite rapper/singer?: Beyonce, DUH!

What is your favorite fruit?: Peaches

The real questions:

How does it feel to be a two-time All-American for WUTF?: It’s cool and all. I worked hard and I am glad of my success thus far.

How did you feel when you came in second in the nation in high jump at the NCAA Division II Indoor Nationals? I was shocked, it was the last thing I expected because I came in at such a low rank and to end up second in the nation is such a great feeling. Nobody was expecting that. I showed up ready to compete and it showed.

How do you think outdoor season is going for the team? Pretty good. Some of my teammates are improving every meet and giving 110% every day on the track.

How do you feel about conference coming up in just two weeks? What is your outlook on it? I feel confident that everyone will give it their all and leave it on the track. I would not be shocked if we were first on both sides because we have been working so hard. Last year, we were so close on both sides. So this year, we know that we don’t want to have the feelings as before.

What gets you motivated for meets? The competition. Seeing others out there on the track being the best they can be motivates me to be at my best as well. I try to stay to myself because I do believe that people can change the energy/vibe that you are in and I do not want any distractions.

This weekend, the Bulldogs will be competing at Johnson C. Smith on April 8th, 2017.

Photo source: Wingate University Athletics

Edited by: Brea Childs

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