Shayna Nolan , Pembroke High School
"Shayna turned herself into a great runner and member of the team through hardwork and dedication to this sport. She ran some great times and scored some big points for our team, but her biggest worth to the team was her great leadership ability. As the captain of the team she led the underclassman by example and also made everybody feel like they were part of the team. She knows what it is to be part of a great team, a great family, and she made sure that everybody was included." --Greg Zopatti
What do you enjoy doing outside of your running?
I enjoy spending time with my friends in my spare time.
What are you going to miss most about your high school running career?
The friends that the team has allowed me to become so close with, also all the personal accomplishments you can achieve in running.
What was your most memorable race?
My very last race: the two mile at division III states this year. I wanted to end my career knowing I gave it everything I could, and when i crossed the finish line I knew that I had and I also got a huge PR that day.
Out of all your high school running accomplishments, what stands out the most?
Overall the runner that I was able to become. I had never imagined I would ever play the role that I did on the team.
What was the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
The mental parts of a race when your whole body was telling you to give up or stop but you had to force yourself to keep going.Giving up may be the easy option, but nothing would ever be worth it if it was easy.
Do you have any advice for younger runners?
Be patient, you can't be your best after just a few practices or races, but if you stick it out, in time you'll find it is more than worth it.
If you were to change anything about your high school running career.....what would you change?
I would have ran all three seasons my entire high school career; I actually waited until my junior year to do so unfortunately.
What are your college plans?
Engineering at Umass Amherst.
Who would you like to say thank you to?
My coach, Greg Zopatti, who always made me feel like I could do anything I wanted and then some, and who always pushed me harder when I needed it. I couldn't have accomplished anything without him.