Khari Barns: The Fastest Lion


Rowan Countryman

Roaring Gazette: Are you planning on continuing track in the future?

Khari Barns: “Yes, most definitely. College commitment coming soon!”

RG: What are some of your greatest accomplishments doing track and what do you hope to accomplish in the future?

KB: “I would say my greatest accomplishments doing track is breaking school records. Coming in freshman year, I used to think those records were so crazy and unreachable, and now I’m out here breaking some left and right. In the future, I’d love to break some more and get another state championship.”

RG: What were some challenges you’ve experienced doing track?

KB: “A challenge I have experienced in track would be worrying about what other people are doing on the track. I’d look at other people in the state, even the country, running really fast so I’d be eager to run again and try to top how fast they ran, but it’s really all about being patient and trusting my coach and at the right time, you will see all that hard work show on the track.”

RG: What do you think is the best part of doing track?

KB: “One of the best things about doing track is traveling. Traveling with my teammates for meets are really fun and we have a good time and meeting new people along the way. It’s really a great experience.”

RG: How do you feel about being in the current top 10 fastest in America for the boys 55m dash?

KB: “I was honestly shocked. It is a pretty cool feeling to know that you’re one of the best in the country. My coach kept telling me that I was going to run that fast and I kept trusting his word for it and it happened at the state meet, so yeah I think it’s pretty cool.”

RG: What got you interested in track and how long have you been doing it?

KB: “I started track when I was five years old. My siblings all ran track so that’s mostly all I knew and I just wanted to be just like them so that’s pretty much I ended up doing track.”

RG: What is your fondest memory doing track?

KB: “I would say winning the 55m state title a few weeks ago. That was my first ever state championship and I know it is very difficult to win one in that event so getting one under my belt definitely felt good. I’d live that moment over and over again.”

RG: What advice would you give to any young student athletes interested in track?

KB: “I would say trust your coach and training. It’s all a process and most importantly, have fun with it because that’s what it’s all about.”