Uni High's Summitt achieves in the classroom

Uni High's Summitt achieves in the classroom

BLOOMINGTON — Uni High senior Arielle Summitt knew the thrill of victory early in her high school running career.

As a sophomore, she won a Class 1A state championship in the 800-meter race, and she won the same event again as a junior.

Still, The News-Gazette's girls' cross-country Runner of the Year in 2014 and 2015, and The N-G's girls' track and field Athlete of the Year in 2017, admits the feeling was different when she finished second at the WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) biology state championships, which is listed among several high honors she's received in academic competition.

"In both cases, you're trying to calm down and focus, but it's different," she said. "It doesn't come down to a 2-minute race or anything. You feel the pressure of a competition, but it's not the same."

Summitt also scored a 35 on her ACT and holds a perfect 4.0 GPA as she heads into the home stretch of her high school career. Those accomplishments, along with three All-State finishes in cross country, earned her All-State Academic Team honors. She was honored at a banquet in Bloomington on Monday night along with 25 other high school student-athletes from across the state.

Summitt, who hasn't chosen a college yet, aspired to earn the honor ever since former teammate Annemarie Michael's was named to the Academic All-State team a year ago.

"I was really excited," Summitt said. "It was really cool to see, and I was really excited because I wanted to be a part of it. I'm just really proud of how dedicated and hard-working I've been in the classroom during my five years at Uni."