Categorized | Samantha Baker, Sports

Whitey Smith Relays

I’m no runner. In fact, when I did track in 8th grade, I was so horrible I asked the coaches if they wouldn’t make me compete in the track meets. I think the only event I didn’t come in dead-last was a hurdles event that I came in second to last (barely) because a girl fell hard over one of the hurdles. Because of this, I have a high amount of respect for track and field competitors. I was very captivated by the movement of arms and legs during these events, especially in the “jumping” ones – high jump, triple jump, pole vault, etc. Pole vault was especially interesting to me because it looks so impossible and I cannot fathom how one learns (or has the courage) to throw themselves vertically in the air on a tiny pole and over another pole. Too scary for me!

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I'm originally from Colorado and I was introduced to photojournalism in high school while working on the school's yearbook. In 2011, I graduated from Colorado State University with degrees in journalism and art. This is my first “real-world” job, but while in college I worked for CSU's daily student newspaper and I interned for Denver-based Westword, the Colorado Eagles (ACHL hockey team) and Johnson and Wales University. I cherish analog photography and I like to shoot on a medium-format Mamyia RB67 whenever I can. While I'm not at work, I enjoy doing all sorts of physical activities, especially mud runs and Crossfit, and I love to bake desserts (which are usually consumed by my coworkers).