For some athletes, making it to State is just a dream. For Red Bluff High's Adrienne Hinkston, making it to State is something she thinks about every day, and she hopes to make placing in her senior year, a reality.
For Red Bluff High senior Adrienne Hinkston, the track has become her second home.
The four-year-varsity athlete has been running since the 6th grade, but it soon turned into more than conditioning.
"Many people don't like it but I think it's just so rewarding when you put in the hard work day after day and then to see your results come and I think that is why I love it so much," said Hinkston.
It's her love for track that's carried her to three State Championships, twice as an anchor for the 4-by-400 meter relay team her 11th and 10th grade years, and once as a 9th grader, with the 100-meter dash.
"It's very inspiring to go there and see how hard those athletes work and it just inspires me to work harder," said Hinkston.
That's what Hinkston is doing this year, pushing herself as far as she can go.
She wants to return to the State Championships and earn a spot on the podium.
"I think now it's time to take it to the next step, and really try to up my game up a little bit, so this year I'm definitely working on lowering my times so I can not only get there but place and do well," said Hinkston.
Not only does Hinkston do well on the track, she also shines in the classroom where she holds a 4.3 GPA while taking three AP courses.
"I think a lot of it comes from my parents who have instilled these skills in me and so getting good grades helps me to get to where I want to go in life," said Hinkston.
Where she wants to go is UC Berkeley, where she'd like to major in business with the hopes of having her own business someday. A goal that certainly seems within reach for this Red Bluff Sparta, who possesses a great work ethic both in the classroom, and out on the track.
Adrienne Hinkston is our Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week.