Athlete of the Week: Leneah Green, Ocoee High track and field

With 17 first-place finishes this year for Ocoee High, junior Leneah Green has established herself as one of the fastest girls in West Orange County.

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In her junior season for the Ocoee High track and field team, Leneah Green has been lightning fast for the Knights in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, the 4x100-meter relay and the 4x400-meter relay. 

Overall, across the four events, Green has won 17 gold medals for Ocoee this track season, and with a year to go in her high school track-and-field career, there’s no telling what else she will accomplish. 

The Basics

Age: 17 

Sport: Track and field  

Grade: Junior

School: Ocoee High 

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How does it feel to be named Athlete of the Week? 

I’m honored and thankful. It’s a great accomplishment, and I am happy to be recognized.  

What do you like the most about track and field? 

I like to compete with other girls.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from track and field? 

Sometimes, the things you don’t want to do are things you have to do to succeed and get better.  

Who is your favorite athlete? 

Sydney Mclaughlin-Levrone; I literally just applaud her. She is such a hard worker, and seeing her run, it’s almost like she’s floating. She does the hardest events with so much ease.  

What is your favorite track-and-field memory? 

My favorite track memory would be finally running a 47 and seeing how happy and proud everyone was.  

What is your go-to pre-meet meal? 

I don’t really have one, but I always have either Goldfish or Cheez-It before I run.

What is your go-to pre-meet hype song? 

It would probably be “Long Journey” by Rod Wave, but in all honesty, I don’t have one.

What is your favorite non-sports hobby? 

Dance! I love to dance.

What is your favorite subject in school? 

Early childhood education, because learning about the little ones is so intriguing, and I love it when I walk into the preschool classroom and get all the hugs and drawings from them. 

What are three things you would take with you to a deserted island? 

Unlimited source of food and water, because, of course, I need to eat; any type of communication device; and a machete for protection.  

What is your favorite movie? 

“Home” — because it’s literally the best ever. It’s so cute — especially the bond between the two characters.  

If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be? 

My dad, because he makes me laugh, and I love to hang out with him.  

If you could go back in time to a specific period in history, when and where would you go? 

I would go back to when I first started running, so that I could tell myself to take it seriously and start doing the 400 early. 

Looking back, what piece of advice would you give your younger self? 

Start having a more positive mindset, because the things you can’t control aren’t your fault. Switch your attitude, get over it and move on.

If you could ask your future self a question, what would it be? 

Am I happy, healthy and successful?  

Who is your favorite superhero? 

Wonder Woman. I’ve always liked her, because she was the first female superhero I was introduced to, and she was very independent but still allowed those who wanted to help to do so.  

Who is your favorite supervillain? 

Scar from Lion King, because his songs hit, and he just did not have a care in the world — other than being king, of course.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? 

Healing powers. Being able to make injuries and sickness go away easier and maybe nonexistent would be cool.

If you could travel to three places in the world, where would you go? 

I would go to Punta Cana, Bora Bora and Hawaii, because I love tropical and beach environments.

If you could be an animal for a day, what would you be? 

A dog, because people just love dogs, and their lives are quite easy to me. Of course, they probably have troubles with certain things that we don’t know about, but I like them. 

What is your most controversial food take? 

I think it would be oysters. People say they’re nasty, but they’re actually really good.  

Does pineapple belong on pizza? 

Absolutely not.  

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Sam Albuquerque

A native of João Pessoa, Brazil, Sam Albuquerque moved in 1997 to Central Florida as a kid. After earning a communications degree in 2016 from the University of Central Florida, he started his career covering sports as a producer for a local radio station, ESPN 580 Orlando. He went on to earn a master’s degree in editorial journalism from Northwestern University, before moving to South Carolina to cover local sports for the USA Today Network’s Spartanburg Herald-Journal. When he’s not working, you can find him spending time with his lovely wife, Sarah, newborn son, Noah, and dog named Skulí.

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