PREP NEWSMAKER: 10 Questions with Sarah Root

What is your favorite type of music?
Anything with a good beat.

What is your favorite pre-meet food? Fruit.

What are your plans after high school? Hopefully, I get a track scholarship and then go somewhere in the medical field.

What is your favorite class? P.E.

What is your least favorite class? English.

Do you have any hidden talents? I used to be a gymnast.

What is your favorite TV show? "CSI."

What is your dream car? Black Toyota Tundra.

If you could have any superpower, which one would you pick? Ability to fly.

What is your dream job? Surgical Technician.

AZTEC - Aztec's Sarah Root is looking to build a collection of state titles.

Root won the triple jump last year as a freshman and has already qualified for four individual events this season - the long jump, triple jump, 100-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles.

The Lady Tiger sophomore said she is now focusing her efforts on improving her times and distances in those four events as she sets her sights on the district and state meets.

"I'm working on pretty much everything," Root said. "We're doing technique and speed workouts. I just need to stay focused and try to better my times and keep working hard."

Aztec girls' track head coach Anna Strauss believes Root's best chance at winning a state title will be in the triple jump as she tries to defend her title in a few weeks.

"Anytime you win something you're going to have that target on your back," Strauss said. "So everyone will be aiming for her. She just needs to take care of herself and not worry about everyone else."

Root won the 100-meter hurdles and triple jump at the Marilyn Sepulveda Invitational last Monday in Albuquerque, then backed that performance up with wins in the 100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles and long jump at Aztec's B&B Invitational on Friday and Saturday. She was also a member of the Lady Tigers' 4x200-meter relay team that took first place.

Root credited the support of her team and family as a big reason for her success.

Strauss sees Root as an integral part of the Aztec track squad that is hoping to improve on last year's second place finish at state.

"She's a real important part of our team like the other girls," Strauss said of Root. "We've set high expectations for all our kids and try to get them to work hard, and she does that. We still have a lot of work to do. We just need to keep improving and getting better every week. We'll be fine tuning and keeping everybody focused."

Joshua Perry can be reached at; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.