Frankfort High’s Will Lairson has been selected as the Traditional Bank Athlete of the Week.
Lairson, a freshman, began playing soccer when he was 4 years old, and he took up track this spring.
He finished the track season as a state champion, along with partners Will O’Bryan and Jevon Bush, in two unified events while setting two state records. He and partner Callie Perry took third place in the mixed shot put unified at state.
Lairson, the son of Frances and Charles Lairson, is also involved with soccer, archery and band at Frankfort.
State Journal: You compete in archery, soccer and track. Which is your favorite sport?
Lairson: Track and soccer. I ran track to help with my speed in soccer.
SJ: What do you like about each sport?
Lairson: What I like about soccer is all the running and shooting goals, the excitement of it. There’s no “I” in team. In track I like being with the team. I’ve been thanking the people who helped me out, Will O’Bryan, Callie Perry and Jevon Bush. I’ve been going around thanking them.
SJ: What were you expecting out of track season, and what happened that you weren’t expecting?
Lairson: I was expecting to get a little faster, but not as fast as I got. And getting records, I wasn’t expecting that.
SJ: Who has had the biggest influence on your athletic career?
Lairson: The team. There’s no “I” in team, and they help pull me through.
SJ: What are you looking forward to next year?
Lairson: Setting more records.