Spotlight: Butler's Travis Reed; Mars' Emily Thomas

| Sunday, June 2, 2013, 8:41 p.m.

Travis Reed

School: Butler

Year: Senior

Sport: Track and field

Claim to fame: Reed placed sixth in the discus with a throw of 160 feet, 2 inches at the Class AAA PIAA Track and Field Championships. He improved from his throw of 152-5 at WPIALs.

How do you feel about your performance after battling the windy conditions at states?

I felt pleased. Last year, I didn't get to make the finals. I like those kinds of days of throwing. It's a challenge. I'd rather it be cold than hot and sunny. The sun drains your energy out and in the cold you have to warm yourself up.

Why did you start throwing?

Back in eighth grade my dad wanted me to run. I kept pulling a muscle, so I stopped. I tried throwing because my friends were throwing. I just stuck with it.

Do you have any meet day routines?

During meets, I just try to stay hydrated. I don't really eat that much. I drink mostly Gatorade. I like to drink tea after to relax, hopefully for a job well done. I don't like to talk to anyone before I throw. I just want to keep a clear mind.

What are your plans for college?

I'm thinking about going to Slippery Rock. I'm going to study safety management. I like helping people.

Do you have any other hobbies?

I try to stay loose and do yoga daily. I usually go on YouTube. You don't have to buy anything. You can just look up the exercises.

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Emily Thomas

School: Mars

Year: Senior

Sport: Track and field

Claim to fame: Thomas threw 119 feet, 3 inches to place seventh in the Class AAA PIAA Track and Field Championships.

How do you feel about your performance?

I was happy with myself. I was probably expecting to do a little bit better, but with the poor weather conditions I think it prevented me from reaching my goals a little bit. I was pretty happy. It was overall a good season for me.

What are your plans for college?

I am going to Arizona State to major in photography. I've been taking pictures my whole life, and it's just something that I've always loved to do. One day I was in the city with my dad. I had my camera sitting on my lap in the car, and I took an accidental photo and I really liked it. It inspired me.

What is one thing you would like to take pictures of?

It has always been a dream of mine to take pictures in Nepal and take pictures of the Nepali children.

Do you have any other hobbies?

I play guitar, but I'm not super serious about it. I self taught myself for about a year, and then I took lessons for a couple of months. I didn't really like the idea of someone telling me to practice. I just wanted music to be more of an outlet for me.

What are you going to miss about Pittsburgh?

I'm going to miss the small town feeling I have in Mars. I'll be in Phoenix, and it's a huge city so people aren't really going to know each other like they do in Mars. I've become friends with owners of some of the little shops. Every time I go into town I see someone I know, it's comforting.

— Brittany Goncar

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