Athletes of the Week – May 26

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Austin Proffitt, Columbus East senior golfer

Proffitt fired a 74 on Saturday at Valley View to win medalist honors and led the Olympians to a runner-up finish in the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament.

His performance last week:

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“It was great. It’s just getting better, and I’m hoping I can keep it going.”

Do you do anything special to prepare?

“I calm myself down. I don’t want to get too hyped up for a golf match, which is different from every other sport.”

Favorite drink:

“Chocolate milk”

Favorite food:

“Steak”

Favorite musician:

“Dave Matthews Band”

Favorite book:

“The Hunger Games”

Favorite class:

“Accounting”

Role model:

“My dad (Randy Proffitt)”

Best advice:

“Keep on chugging along. Don’t let anything get you down. Keep your head up.”

Athletics goal:

“Go to state, and just be the best I can be. If I’m doing the best I can, that’s all I can ask for.”

If you could travel anywhere:

“Egypt, because there’s the Pyramids and the wonders of the world.”

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Justine Corya, Jennings County senior track athlete

Corya won the 100, 200 and 400 meters and run on the second-place 4×100 relay team to lead the Panthers to a runner-up finish in the Jennings County Sectional.

Her performance last week:

“I feel pretty excited about it. I feel blessed that I can be able to run all three events like this.”

Do you do anything special to prepare?

“I always eat Subway to prepare for a meet. I basically focus all day on my events and the times I need to run.”

Favorite drink:

“Big Red”

Favorite food:

“Crab meat”

Favorite musician:

“J. Cole”

Favorite book:

“’The Hatchet,’ by Gary Paulson”

Favorite class:

“Spanish”

Role model:

“My dad (Joe Corya)”

Best advice:

“Work hard, and as long as you set your mind to something, you can accomplish anything with a little bit of hard work and dedication.”

Athletics goal:

“I hope to run in college at Indiana State University.”

If you could travel anywhere:

“Probably Egypt. There’s so much history there, and I’d love to see the Pyramids. I’ve always wanted to go there since I was little.”