According to usa.milesplit.com, the Ohatchee High varsity runner has posted the 13th fastest cross country time nationally among seventh-grade girls.
Nunnelly runs races of all distances from 5 kilometers to half marathons. A member of the Class of 2019, she is accustomed to winning as well.
However, Nunnelly is just an average 12-year-old, who just happens to love running more than most. She also has a lot of pride in Ohatchee.
Recently, Nunnelly took a few minutes out of her class schedule to sit with Anniston Star sports writer Brandon Miller and run through 10 questions:
Question: What’s it like to be in seventh grade and run on the high school varisty team?
Answer: I would like to say I encourage other people to run. I’m used to running with older people because when I was younger I would run 5Ks with older people. I’m just familiar with running with older people.
Q: How long have you been racing competitively?
A: Four or five years. My first race was in Auburn. It was a 5K.
Q: What’s the best birthday you’ve had?
A: It was probably last year because I got a lot of running stuff. I got a new pair of shoes, new shorts and a lot of shirts. The cotton Nike shirts have little sayings on them.
Q: What’s the longest race you’ve run?
A: A half marathon. It was the Chief Ladiga Half Marathon. I love it. It was in December, and it was colder so I didn’t get that hot.
I ran it in an hour and 55 minutes. It set the state record for an 11-year-old.
Q: What kind of car do you want when you turn 16?
A: I want a red one because it’s Ohatchee. I don’t care what kind it is — I just want it to be red.
Q: If you were to play another sport, what would you like to try?
A: I run track, but I’d like to play basketball. I used to play basketball in elementary school, but I gave it up because of running. I wanted to focus on running.
Q: What is it that you love the most about cross country?
A: I just love running. My uncle got me into it after he did a triathlon, and when I saw the running part I said, “Oh, I could do that,” and that’s how it got started.
Q: What’s your favorite brand of shoes?
A: Brooks. I like their colors definitely, and their padding is better than any others.
Q: What is your favorite sport to watch as a fan?
A: Probably football. My uncle, of course, lives in Auburn and went to the university. So I love Auburn football.
Q: Who drives you to places the most?
A: My mom. She’s just available the most.