Yanghongxuan (Elizabeth) Yu
Yanghongxuan (Elizabeth) Yu, daughter of Ling Yang, is this week’s Jet’s Pizza female Athlete of the Week.
She is a junior at Battle Ground Academy and a member of both the track and cross country team. She competes in the 1600 meter race in track.
Yu enrolled at BGA as a freshman. She said she made a few friends and one of them encouraged her to try out for the track team, so she did. She said that the next year, her friend asked her to do cross country as well and she obliged. Luckily, she liked both and decided to stick with them.
One of her biggest inspirations and role models is Henry Dambach, another runner at BGA. Yu said that he is always there to push her when she feels like quitting. She said she really looks up to him because he always “pushes his limit.”
Yu describes herself as persistent, competitive and confident when she’s on the track. She said those qualities are absolutely necessary because without them, she would not have the endurance to keep going.
After graduating next year, she plans to attend the University of California.