A to Z with Logan Boss

Suwannee senior Logan Boss, the defending state champion in the high jump, is competing in four events at the Class 2A state meet Friday at the University of North Florida. (Photo submitted by Jack Howdeshell)

Published: Friday, May 2, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 7:23 p.m.

SCHOOL: Suwannee

YEAR: Senior

EVENTS: High jump, triple jump, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles


HEIGHT: 5-foot-8

Area track athlete you would pay to watch: Justin Martin from Suwannee. He is a great all-around athlete.

Best movie I've ever seen: “Lion King.” I liked it when I was 3, and it is still my favorite movie.

Coach Seth Stebbins best words of advice for me: He calls me kid all the time — “Give it all you got, kid.”

Day of a meet, I do what to prepare myself? I eat lots of honey, drink lots of water and listen to music (rap).

Eating habits during track and field season: I am a super healthy eater, no junk food, no sweets, no dairy milk. It's slim milk or almond milk, nothing fried. I eat tons of fruit.

Florida Gators track and field is ... Awesome. The coaches and athletes are great and the facilities are great. It just wasn't for me.

Going into this season, after winning the state Class 2A title in the high jump, my goal this year is ... To repeat, to get it again and place in another event.

Note: Boss is entered in four individual events at today's state meet, but will miss the 300 hurdles because it conflicts with her preparation for the high jump. Also entered in the triple jump and 100 hurdles.

Hardest part of training as a jumper and hurdler: Going from so many events and getting the key factors of them. They are similar but different because they have their own aspects.

Interesting thing about me away from track & field: I am surprisingly good at art — drawing and making pottery.

Joker on the team: Jamari Wheeler. He plays all the time. I don't think he knows how to be serious. He's a freshman.

Key to juggling sports and academics: Time management, you have to have time allotted for each. Self discipline is the biggest thing. I have online classes, too, that I do after school.

Least favorite high school track and field moment: Falling at state in the 100-meter hurdles my sophomore year. It was on rubber and didn't hurt at all.

Note: Logan transferred from Branford to Suwannee after her sophomore year.

Mississippi State was the best place for me because ... It felt homey. The coaches were amazing, I love the athletes and the facilities. It is far away from home, and it was in the SEC. UF and FSU were my only two options in the state, and I never really wanted to go to Florida because it was so close. My thing was I wanted to go somewhere out and new.

Nike, Reebok, New Balance, Adidas, Asics or other running shoes? Nike. I am dedicated to it, all my running and spike shoes are Nike, but it is going to be hard because all of Mississippi State's shoes are Adidas.

One person who inspires me most: My 5-year-old cousin, Douggie Shotwell. He is my best friend. We are so close. He is so supportive, makes me want to do the best I can for him. He looks up to me. He comes to most of my track meets.

Pre-race ritual: Lots and lots of stretching.

Quiet-time activity: I like to draw and drink hot tea

Reading the newspapers or going online to get my high school sports coverage: I probably read more newspapers.

Superstition I have: I'm not superstitious.

Twitter or Facebook? Twitter, definitely. It's definitely better than Facebook.

Underrated athlete on my team? Savannah Jackson. She has amazing athletic ability. It is just her first year. I believe she can be amazing in hurdles. She has the potential to be great. She is just a freshman.

Vacation spot I love: Oregon.

Weightlifting was good for me because ... It was just fun, especially since my track coach was my weightlifting coach. Getting stronger never hurts.

Note: Logan reached the girls state weightlifting tournament the last two years.

Xbox, PlayStation or Wii? I don't play video games.

Year I was born: 1997 (will graduate at 16 years old, birthday on Aug. 4).

Zoo animal I like most: Lion. I am a Leo, I have a thing for lions. They are big and bad but when you look at them, they seem gentle.

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