A to Z with John Little


Published: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 11:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 11:34 p.m.

SCHOOL: Eastside

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Eastside High School senior sprinter John Little at the Pressly Stadium on Wednesday.

Aaron Daye/Staff photographer

YEAR: Senior

EVENTS: 100m dash, 200m dash, long jump, 4x100, 4x400

HEIGHT: 5-foot-10

WEIGHT: 160 pounds

Area’s best overall track and field athlete?: Me and Marquis Noble of Buchholz. On the girl’s side, Katrina Dekrey and Sharprecia Anderson of Eastside and Wilamena Hopkins of Buchholz.

Best sprinter I’ve ever run against: Jeffery Demps. He is very fast.

Coach Ray Andrews’ funniest saying: On the way home after a meet last season we were fooling around in the back of the bus. Coach Andrews seriously said that he was going to pull our team out of the district meet. I told him that he couldn’t do that. He said, “Why not? I’m the coach.”

Dinner on an ideal night?: Any soul food restaurant with my family and friends.

ESPN’s best program?: Mike and Mike in the Morning. They’re funny and I watch them every morning before school.

Favorite type of music, song and artist?: Hip Hop. “Forgive Myself” by T.I.

Gators, Seminoles or Hurricanes?: Gators.

Hardest thing about handing off the baton in a relay race is...: the timing of the steps when you enter the exchange zone. I think handing off the baton is harder than receiving it.

I have very good speed. That comes from...: God-given talent.

Joker on the team: Tyrone Dixon and Arsenio Brown, which are the whole Trill Fam. It doesn’t matter if they won or lost they still are just going to pick on anybody.

Key to becoming a good long jumper is...: getting up and out. It is really like trying to fly.

Least favorite Eastside sports moment.: At last year’s Class 3A state meet, when I came into the 100-meter dash with the sixth-fastest time. I finished eighth because I pulled my hamstring.

Most inspirational person in my life: My mom Bernice King. She stays on my case to push me to succeed in life.

New Year’s resolution I had: To work harder than I have been in order to achieve my goals.

Obama’s biggest challenge?: The economy.

Potential college major: Physical therapy.

Quiet time activity: Sleep.

Running past defensive players on the football field or running past other athletes on the track?: Running past defensive players on the football field because there are more you have to get past than on the track. You have get past 11 on the field and eight or nine at the most on the track.

Suiting up for Charleston Southern in the football season opener against the Gators in The Swamp will be...: a great moment to have in life. I will be pretty happy and excited.

The biggest enjoyment I get from playing football and running track is...: using my speed and showing everyone I can move.

Universities or colleges considering: I signed with Charleston Southern. (He is on scholarship for football, but also plans to run on the track team).

Vacation spot I love: Detroit. That’s the furthest I’ve been from home. I enjoyed myself when I was there for the AAU Junior Olympics last summer.

Worst habit of mine: I bite my nails a lot.

Xbox, PlayStation or Wii?: PlayStation 3.

Your goal this season: As a team, I want our 4x100 relay team to go to state. I want to win the state championship in the 100-meter dash.

Zoo animal I like most: Cheetah. It’s very fast and it’s similar to me.

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