Student-Athlete Spotlight: Anna Spotts

Anna Spotts ’17 has been a major contributor on the Trolls’ women’s track and field program since she came to Trinity as a freshman. As she starts her fourth season, the middle distance runner looks to finish off her career with a great year in the indoor and outdoor track seasons.  

Anna has made an immediate impact on the track team since her freshman year.  Coming from a state championship high school track team at Hamilton High School (Michigan), she carried her competitive spirit into her collegiate career with the Trolls.  Anna was a part of the 4 x 800 meter relay team that participated in the NAIA National Indoor Championships in 2014 and the NAIA Outdoor Championships in 2014 and 2015. She was also a part of the distance medley relay team that made it to the 2016 NAIA Indoor Championship.  In addition she has placed in those relay events at the NCCAA National Championships as well as at the CCAC Championships.  Her important role on the relay teams has brought a lot of success to Trinity’s track team over the past three seasons.

Along with relay races, Anna has also competed in the open middle distance races such as the 800 meter and the 600 meter, and in hurdle events. In Trinity’s career records book she ranks in the top ten in multiple events, including the 4 x 800 meter and distance medley relays, the 55, 60, and 400 meter hurdles, the 600 meter, and the 800 meter.  

Her running career at Trinity also included two seasons on the cross country team in her freshman and sophomore years.  

Anna excels academically as a double major in English and biology and a minor in chemistry. She is a member of Trinity’s Honors Program, has earned CCAC Scholar-Athlete honors, and been named to the Athletics Department High Honor Roll.  In the 2016 fall semester Anna embraced her scholarship to a new level and studied abroad in England at the historic and prestigious University of Oxford.

“I felt like I grew in so many ways and learned more about who I am and my abilities,” said Anna on her experience at Oxford. “I realized that there is so much more out there to learn. The semester challenged me to work harder and also to appreciate what God has given me each and every day.”  

While at Oxford, Anna continued to pursue her love for athletics as a member of their rowing team.  

Get to know Anna better:
 
Where is your hometown?  Hamilton, Michigan

Why did you choose Trinity?  I stopped by on the way to a different college visit, and found I liked it enough to fill out an athletic interest form. Coach Bob reached out and I scheduled an overnight visit with a member of the track team and really enjoyed the people I met. After that, the community and the overall atmosphere made Trinity the right choice.
 
What is your favorite part about Trinity?  I love the people I have met, the professors I have had, and the great educational and athletic opportunities I have been able to take advantage of while here.  
 
What is your favorite athletics memory as a Troll?  I think our trip to nationals in Tennessee. There were five girls in a van with Coach Bob, and it was just a fantastic time. We had lots of fun, shared lots of laughs, and, of course, the running was pretty great too.
 
What do you plan on doing after graduation?  I am starting to look for and apply to medical schools. The hope is to be accepted to one of them and then just wait and see where that adventure takes me.

Is there a song you need to listen to before you race?  Not specifically before a race, but I do love listening to Mumford and Sons. Anytime.
 
What is your favorite meal in the caf?  Grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich.