Making tracks: Kailey races toward a challenging future with gusto
By Harold Love Hawknews Writer Kailey Wilson's life is exciting and like an adventure. She takes on many challenges in her life, from dreams of going to college and becoming a veterinarian to running track for her high school career. She has an uncontrollable love for her friends, family, her horse, and track. Kailey has loved horses her entire life, which helped lead her to the dream of becoming a veterinarian. Ever since she was in first grade, she was interested in medicine and animals. Her horse’s name is Maverick. “There are a lot of things that you can do with horses,” said Kailey. “To have control of a horse, you have to have a lot of trust between the horse and you.” Kailey’s mother inspired her to run track. She started running “competitively” in sixth grade. “By competitively I mean fun runs and things like that,” she said. In ninth grade she was asked by Coach Jesse Heinbaugh to run cross-country, and from that moment it became a passion. She likes it, because she doesn’t have to rely on her team. Kailey plans to run in college where she has to go to school for eight years to become a veterinarian. Kailey really thinks that running for the first four years on a scholarship would be better than getting a job for those four years. “It would be like I would have to work for seven hours a day or just run for three. So it would be maybe not easier, but it would be more worth my time,” Kailey said. She’s talking to two schools right now that have recruited her to run for their teams. Kailey said she has been blessed with so many good friends, and she has also been blessed to be raised in a little town that's like a family. She will always keep in contact with her Kenny Lake friends. “Most people in big towns and big cities make a lot of friends; so most do not keep a long friendship,” Kailey said. One of her favorite stories involves hooky-bobbing. Mr. Knutson drove his SUV on a frozen lake by her house and tied a sled attached to a rope to the back of his truck. He then began to drive around in a circle. “So I was being pulled by a truck on a sled spinning around in circles on ice,” Kailey laughed. She likes the experience, but it was scary because they were going really fast. The adventures that Kailey may have will be fantastic. Many know that she will be going quickly in life toward success.