Susy’s story: This is the second series of stories following Sparks High School senior Susy Meza. Susy, 17, will graduate in June. She is the student body president, played sports and was on the prom committee. She plans to study neuroscience at the University of Nevada, Reno in the fall. The next few months of high school were supposed to be the culmination of all her hard work, and the chance to beat her own record in the 300 meter hurdles before life was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Susy Meza keeps a picture of a post it note on her phone.
On it she had written one of her senior year goals.
“I’m going to beat my personal record in hurdles,” she said.
Susy, 17, runs track for Sparks High School. It’s just one of the three sports Suzy has done in high school. She was team captain this year for two, including the school’s tennis team and cheerleading squad.
But beating the one-minute mark in the 300 meter hurdles was at the top of her high school bucket list.
And as a senior, she would lead the team in stretches before practice every day after school.
Instead, spring sports are canceled in Nevada and across the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m not really competitive but I wanted to grow and get better,” Susy said of a senior year of missed track meets. “A lot of people run it faster than I do so I just wanted to do better for myself.”
She will study neuroscience at the University of Nevada, Reno in the fall and wants to be a doctor.
This track season was likely the last time she would do competitive sports.
And she would be awarded the Golden Spike, a cord she could wear over her graduation gown to honor her for playing three sports for all four years of high school.
She would have been given the honor at the high school’s now-canceled spring awards banquet.
She would have been the only one in her senior class of more than 300 to get the honor this year.
“I don’t know what happens now,” she said. “I just know I have loved hurdles. It’s about perseverance.”
Siobhan McAndrew tells stories about the people of Northern Nevada and covers education in Washoe County. Read her journalism right here. Consider supporting her work by subscribing to the Reno Gazette Journal.
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