Youngstown, OH (WYTV) – Ursuline senior A.J. Carnathan has been one of the fastest short distance runners in the Valley the past four years. She’s been to State three times, and finished 3rd in the 100 meter last season. She’s also a standout in the classroom, and community…earning her the honor of our Student Athlete of the Week.
“I think my teammates would say that I’m definitely disciplined and I’m focused and goal-oriented,” said Carnathan.
A.J. is a born leader and natural athlete. She discovered her talent in track in the 7th grade, and has since become one of the best runners in Ursuline history.
” I don’t like all the attention focused on me because it’s not all about me,” she said. “It’s about the team and that’s what we’re supposed to represent together.”
A.J. and her teammates hold the school record in the 4x100M relay, and she unofficially broke the school record in this 100 meter race last Friday, with a time of 12.05 seconds. That’s less than 2 seconds off the women’s world record.
” I mean, an Olympic dream would be amazing,” said Carnathan. “I grew up watching track on the Olympics, so to be on there would be amazing.”
A.J.’s accomplishments off the track are also first class. She’s a 4 time Academic All Ohioan and carries a 3.9 GPA.
“Since I was little my parents would always say, ‘You do your homework first, before you do anything. Before you talk on the phone, turn on the TV… it’s homework first, always.’ So that’s definitely been instilled in me by my parents.”
A.J. also has quite a passion for service. She’s involved in several clubs at Ursuline, including Student Ambassador for the school, while being an active member of her home church.
“It doesn’t matter to me that people are watching me or not,” she said. “It’s just something in me that I know that if I can fix something, then I should do it.”
And AJ plans to do just that in the future. Her ultimate goal is to become a surgeon, but first she’ll attend Detroit Mercy next year and run track for the Titans.
“You have to work hard to achieve anything, whether it’s on the track, on the court, or in the classroom,” said Carnathan. “You have to work hard and you have to be persistent in what you want to be and what you want to do.”