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Grace Zimmerman - HS Athlete of the Week

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Grace Zimmerman, a senior on the Hazen track and field team, was named the 2018 South Central Senior Athlete of the Year. At the regional meet on Saturday, May 19, Zimmerman was victorious in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes. She also teamed with seniors Elise Hintz, Katie Duttenhefer and freshman Paige Erhardt to capture the 4x200-meter relay race.

DP: What did it mean to you to earn your region's Senior Athlete of the Year?

GZ: "That was a really big accomplishment for me. Throughout all of my high school career, I've been working really hard, not just for that award, but just to have my hard work being paid off. To win an award like that, that does mean a lot to me."

DP: How long have you been a track and field athlete and what do you most enjoy about it?

GZ: "Well, I've been in track since junior high, I never really second guessed going about it. I think it's the most rewarding sport that I have ever been a part of so that's kind of why I fell in love with it. It's just super rewarding, you just work so hard and when you get strong enough to push through at the end or get faster and get faster, you're always looking for PRs and I just love that aspect of it."

DP: What is your favorite movie?

GZ: "Me and my teammates watch this movie sometimes just to get motivated for track and stuff. And 4 Minute Mile, it's just like the guy in there is so motivational and stuff, and 4 Minute Mile is a really good track too."

DP: What is the last show that you binge-watched on Netflix?

GZ: "Well, I continually watch season after season of Criminal Minds. It's super interesting to me. I don't know, just the mystery of it, I watch Criminal Minds a lot."

DP: If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

GZ: "Pasta, I love Pasta, I don't know what it is. We eat it a lot before meets to carb-load and stuff like that."

DP: What are you most looking forward to attending NDSU?

GZ: "I would say definitely the track program there. I'm not just going there for the track team, but I'm really excited just to get stronger and faster and just be a part of a great program."

DP: Do you know what your major will be?

GZ: "Yeah. I've decided on exercise science and eventually I'll have to do some graduate years to be a physical therapist, but that's my goal right now."

DP: Who is on your music playlist?

GZ: "Well, I listen to a lot of Christian music, especially just to make me feel good and motivational. Other than that, I listen to a lot of The Fray and music like that."

DP: Who or what has been your biggest inspiration to succeed?

GZ: "My biggest inspiration, specifically with track, I think of Dakota Wood. She's an athlete at NDSU now, she was my former teammate. So next year, I'll get to run on the track team with her. Watching her work really hard and achieve her goals in the track world, I've really worked hard to do what she does."