Where is CHS Hall of Fame Now?

Kristina Witcher, class of 2009

Where do you go to school now, and what major are you pursuing?

I am starting my 5th year in the MD/PhD program at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. I am working towards a PhD in neuroscience. My project focuses on immune responses to traumatic brain injury. Prior to coming to Columbus, I attended Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH) and graduated in 2013 with biochemistry and neuroscience majors.

What sport did you play in high school, and what were your biggest athletic accomplishments as a Jaguar?

At Carrboro, I ran cross country and outdoor track and also swam. This isn’t quite an athletic accomplishment, but being able to help start the cross country and track programs from scratch was a very special experience and a lot of fun. We came a long way in the first two years, and the teams have won multiple state championships since then, so it is cool to see how far the program has come.

Have you continued to pursue your sport in college? If so, how? What is the most major difference between sports in college versus high school?

I did! I ran varsity cross country and track all four years at Oberlin, which is a Division III program. College sports are a much bigger commitment. Practices and traveling to competitions take up more time, but you also have to make more sacrifices in terms of social time and breaks. Despite putting a lot of time into college sports, it was absolutely worth it. My college teammates are still my closest friends and we share so many special memories and accomplishments with each other.

What is one of your favorite sports memories from your time at Carrboro?

My first year at Carrboro, I was the only cross country runner from our team who ran in the state meet. The following year, we had a full team qualify to run. After having run alone, running with the team was that much more special. We also always had a blast at summer cross country camp in Brevard, NC and I have a lot of great memories from camp.

Luke Knowles, class of 2016

Where do you go to school now, and what major are you pursuing?

I attend the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor where I am going into my sophomore year studying civil engineering.

What sport did you play in high school, and what were your biggest athletic accomplishments as a Jaguar?

I played lacrosse at Carrboro. My biggest athletic accomplishments include Regional Champion, Academic All-American, 2-year Captain, East All-Region in 2016, HM All-State in 2016, All-Conference in 2016, and 2016 Conference-6 MVP.

Have you continued to pursue your sport in college? If so, how? What is the most major difference between sports in college versus high school?

I am not playing lacrosse in college but I am an intramural flag football champion at UofM!

What is one of your favorite sports memories from your time at Carrboro?

Beating Chapel Hill to win the regional championship my senior year was awesome. The stands were as filled as I had ever seen them and it was a defensive battle (we won 4-2). I played defense so that game was especially fun for me. Not to mention Chapel Hill is a huge rival of ours.

Maddie Smith, class of 2014

Where do you go to school now, and what major are you pursuing?

I am a rising senior at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. I am an Anthropology/Sociology major. I am pursuing a career in pediatric oncology nursing after I graduate from Rhodes in 2018.

What sport did you play in high school, and what were your biggest athletic accomplishments as a Jaguar?

In High School I played three sports: field hockey, swimming and lacrosse. I pursued field hockey ultimately and am still playing at Rhodes College on their varsity team. My greatest accomplishments during my time at Carrboro was I was named the Impact Player for the 2013 field hockey season. I was a captain my senior year (2013) and was a recipient of the Iron Jaguar award for the year 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Have you continued to pursue your sport in college? If so, how? What is the most major difference between sports in college versus high school?

I have continued to pursue my field hockey career in college. I have been a starter for the Rhodes College Field hockey team since I was a freshman.The major difference between high school sports and college sports is in high school I was playing field hockey constantly. I played around 80 games a year and now in college I can play at most 30 games. For me every game is special because I know they are limited. I have gained such a respect for myself as an athlete and my teammates and coaches because we put so much time and effort off the field for our games that I did not do near as much in high school.

What is one of your favorite sports memories from your time at Carrboro?

My favorite memory from Carrboro Field Hockey was watching my best friend, Katie Wilson, take a stroke during double overtime with East Chapel Hill High School. Katie was at the time injured with an ACL tear and watching her make the stroke and helping us win the game was such an amazing moment. It also was so sweet to beat East at Carrboro for the first time in school history.

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