Howdie Ruth Oguntope!

Ruth Oguntope is a varsity track star and an academic smarty in dual credit classes.


Ethan McGinty

Ruth Oguntope (12) on her way to her track practice, getting back into the groove after her first day back face-to-face.

By Ethan McGinty, Staff Writer

The Wrangler: What is it like to be on the Varsity Track team?

Oguntope: I haven’t been on Varsity for long, but it feels natural, for [lack of] better words.

The Wrangler: What’s one major difference between JV and Varsity and why?

Oguntope: The main difference between JV and Varsity is how you are treated by coaches. Coaches spend more time and effort on varsity kids because they have a chance of going to state.

The Wrangler: What or who inspired you to join the track team and why?

Oguntope: I think I inspired myself in the beginning, then my mother did. As I got older, I needed a stronger reason to continue my sport.

The Wrangler: Do you plan on continuing track & field in college? Why or why not?

Oguntope: Not too sure if I will be continuing track & field in college. My priorities have changed.

The Wrangler: How long have you been interested in taking Dual Credit classes?

Oguntope: Since junior year.

The Wrangler: What is it like being an athlete and in dual credit classes?

Oguntope: Awesome to be honest, because it feels like you are getting a real taste of a college lifestyle.

The Wrangler: What or who sparked your interest to take dual credit?

Oguntope: My old APUSH teacher sparked my interest to take dual credit classes.

The Wrangler: Would you recommend taking dual credit classes, and why or why not?

Oguntope: I would recommend taking dual credit classes or AP to anyone because once you pay the fee all you have to do is maintain a C and above to pass.

The Wrangler: With such a heavy workload and a lot of time being used, how do you manage to have time for yourself?

Oguntope: I set a schedule, make group chats with my peers, and prioritize my workload everyday.

The Wrangler: If you could look back at your freshman self or give advice to a freshman, what would it be?

Oguntope: I would tell myself that life only gets harder before it gets better and to make the best of what you got.