Multiple Teams · Committed to Excellence — Connecting with Taryn Preston

Today we are going to check-in with sophomore Taryn Preston.  Preston just finished her first full season on the varsity girls basketball team, starting for the Eagles and helping the team win their 6th consecutive league title and 3rd consecutive District championship.   In the fall Preston plays volleyball, then in the spring, Preston is very busy starring on varsity softball and track and field teams.   As a freshman, Preston set a new school record in the 300 meter hurdles, finishing  in 7th place in the state.   She also picked up a 1st place finish as a member of the 4×400 meter relay team.   Preston also played varsity softball at different times throughout the spring, finishing the year in the team at the Regional finals.

1. How have you kept yourself busy?
This break is pretty boring, but I’ve been doing a lot of sleeping in, going on walks with the dogs and Casen, and just doing a lot of other things around the house.   

2. What do your at home workouts look like?
I do a lot of ab workouts but I try and do a different workout everyday (including PLT4M).  I have also been outside with my younger brother Grayson shooting and going on some runs. Downstairs in our basement we taped painters tape to the floor so we could do ladders as well.
 3. What do you miss most about school?  Why? 
Although I usually dread school, I’ve been missing it a lot lately. I miss seeing my friends and my teammates. It’s crazy how much you can miss something when you usually hate it.
4. What book are you reading?   Would you recommend it to a friend?  Why or Why not?   
 I am still trying to find a book that is just right. All of the books I have tried just really aren’t my type. I’ll be sure to find one soon though.
5. Who in Kent City has made a positive impact on your life?   What have they done for you?  
I would have to say that Coach Evers has had a huge impact on my life. Not only have I been lucky enough to have her as a teacher, but also as a coach. She is always super supportive, and she has always helped me (and everyone else) when I’ve needed it. I love her jokes, and her ability to put a smile on anyone’s face.
6. What is something you will never forget about the 2019-2020 basketball season? 
I am never going to forget my team because we all acted like sisters, there was hardly any drama, and we just all got along so well. We always seemed to be laughing and making weird noises (especially at team dinners). I am also never going to forget playing Pewamo Westphalia. The regular season was fun, but that game was by far my favorite to play in. Even though we didn’t come out with the dub, it was still an amazing experience!
We are encouraging all student-athletes to remain active during this time of social distancing due to the coronavirus.   A valuable resources for all Kent City students is our online strength and conditioning program, PLT4M.   PLT4M has created a Remote Fitness workout that can be done at home without any equipment.   Many of our student-athletes are already on PLT4M and simply need to log in.  If you are not on PLT4M, contact Coach Gropp at and he will get you up and running — literally.