Junior Jessica Sutter balances javelin with her personal life


Courtesy of Jessica Sutter

Jessica Sutter after getting her 2nd personal record during the 2018 season.

Jardin Jacoby, Staff writer

Junior Jessica Sutter may look like just another athlete while strolling through the halls in her varsity jacket, but little do people know what a dedicated person she is to her sport. Sutter throws javelin for the spring track team at HHS. While she is not working on honing her craft, she is studying to keep her grades high. While participating in the javelin relay last year, her group was only 1’6” away from beating the school record; she personally is hoping to beat the independent javelin record this year.

When asked how she got started in the sport she was quick to relive the story of how she was in Mr. Mazzagatti’s class in the 8th grade. After seeing her natural athletic ability, he asked her to try out for the team once she got to high school. Within the first minute of practice, she knew that she had picked the right sport for her. Sutter and the track team participate in six practices a week, but once it ends it is just the beginning for her. She makes sure to eat very clean while balancing a healthy diet of carbs and proteins, not to mention she goes to the gym at least 3-4 times a week on top of her own individual throwing practices.

Sutter is not just an outstanding and dedicated athlete, she also loves spending time with her family. Whether she is spending time outside or completing a puzzle, Sutter constantly loves to be doing something. She was also an active member in the Gay Straight Alliance, but had to pull back due to her rigorous practice schedule. Although Sutter sounds like she was born to be a track star, she also has played soccer both freshman and sophomore year.

Soccer icon Mia Hamm deeply inspired Sutter with the following quote: “The vision of a champion is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when nobody else is looking.” She really admires those words because it grasps the true life of an athlete. It shows that someone needs to work hard in order to succeed in life. No one sees how hard someone really work, and true champions are those who push themselves past their limits.