Congratulations to senior Aniyah Walters on committing to run Track & Field at Cornell University! Aniyah plans to major in Biology and Society, examining the social, political and ethical aspects of modern biology research and practice as part of Cornell’s Pre-Med program. Aniyah has been running track since 7th grade, competing in the 55m and 100m hurdles, relays, triple jump, and will start competing in the 400m hurdles and long jump this coming spring season. As a well-rounded athlete, she most enjoys competing in hurdle events and looks forward to taking her skill set to the collegiate level. This past winter season had Aniyah facing challenges she would not have anticipated in years prior, with testing positive for COVID-19 that gave her a late start to the season. Despite this real life hurdle, Aniyah came back strong, placing first in the 55-meter race upon her return at the last two meets of the season.
As the spring season quickly approaches, Aniyah anticipates seeing how well she will perform. “All of this Covid stuff really ruined a lot for me so hopefully I can be in a position similar to where I was my sophomore and junior year,” shared the defending Suffolk Large School 55-hurdle champion, “it was upsetting because I know I could have done great and performed so well so it’s unfortunate that I wasn’t able to broadcast my full true potential.” The senior athlete, now feeling refreshed, healthy, and excited to be back on the track, knows to savor the time she has before heading to the renowned Division I school. Aniyah will fondly remember her time at Walt Whitman as one that allowed her to create friendships through the countless opportunities offered to her throughout her four years here, including her participation in dance classes and being on the cheerleading and gymnastics teams in the recent past. As she looks forward to graduation day, Aniyah bestows important advice to her younger teammates; “Always strive to better yourself and realize that you are your biggest competition,” shared the senior captain, “the more you want something, the more you’re going to go after it.” Congratulations Aniyah! We look forward to seeing your many accomplishments as you continue competing for Cornell!