July 18, 2015 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports) By: Charron Elliott
The Tough Competitor From Louisville
Women’s Sports is evolving now more than ever with tennis players like the great Serena Williams, the WNBA, NCAA Women’s College Basketball, and even women’s UFC all starting to become real headlines in sports. Obviously the growth of women’s sports is great nationally, however I want to put the emphasis on a female athlete from right here in the city of Louisville. Her name is Tymeitha Tolbert and standing at only about five feet (give or take an inch), she is probably one of the most competitive athletes I have ever met. Tymeitha ran track last year for the Waggener High School Girls track team and she will be taking her talents to Austin Peay University next spring.
Tymeitha Tolbert won the indoor State championship in March of this year, running the 55 meter dash in 7.34 seconds. The performance by Tymeitha would be a school record and she also ran the 100 meter dash in 12.2 seconds. Waggener’s 4×400 team which consisted of Tymeitha, Tyana Tolbert (her younger sister), Shannon Martin, and Dasja Meads took home the silver at the KHSAA state meet as well. So Analyzed Sports wanted to ask “the speedster” that is Tymeitha Tolbert, about her life as one of the best athletes in the state. We also had a chance to discuss with Tymeitha what her future plans are at Austin Peay.
Analyzed Sports: As a female athlete what has been some of your toughest obstacles and challenges? How did you overcome those challenges?
Tymeitha: The toughest obstacles for me were when I suffered my foot fracture and when I had problems with my immune system. I had to sit out a full season but I came back for my senior season because I love the competition. I like knowing someone is faster than me but I still manage to go out their and beat them.
Analyzed Sports: Who has influenced you the most throughout your track career?
Tymeitha: My parents have definitely influenced me the most. There were times I didn’t want to run or get up early for practice and my mom would be right there motivating me to get up. They also taught me to keep god first and family second.
Analyzed Sports: Ultimately what led you to choose to go to Austin Peay?
Tymeitha: They made sure I got everything done right. The coaches were very understanding and accepting to my personality. I also love the campus there as well.
Analyzed Sports: What are you looking forward to the most about running track at the next level? Do you have any specific goals while at Austin Peay?
Tymeitha: I am really looking forward to the competition and meeting my new teammates. I am only 18 so really I just want to see what I am capable of these next few years. My goals are to be a good role model for not only my little sisters but for the community. I want to make sure I get my degree and be a positive influence to my community. Of course athletics wise I plan to be competing in the Olympics someday.
Analyzed Sports: What advice would you give future female athletes that may want to follow in your foot steps?
Tymeitha: My advice would be strive for yourself, do things you want to do and can do. At the end of the day only you know what’s best for you!
As for what she will miss the most about high school, Tymeitha will miss being at the same school as her younger sisters. However with Tyana and Vyteis Tolbert being track stars of their own, the trio may have a chance to reunite at Austin Peay. Tymeitha is definitely motivated to take advantage of the opportunity she has at Austin Peay. “As you grow in life you realize every mistake wasn’t a fail, but it was a lesson to help you grow,” said Tymeitha about her success and learning from those mistakes has gotten her a spot on the Lady Governors track team at Austin Peay.
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