Anenson was a three-sport athlete for the Bulldogs and will be attending Malone University this fall.
Success in three sports — while being a top student in the classroom — helped lead to one big award for Green High School senior Kendall Anenson.
The cross country, basketball and track standout recently earned the Federal League’s Sam DiBlasi Commissioners Award for being one of the league’s two most outstanding student-athletes this school year. The league honors one boy and one girl with the award each year.
“I was really surprised when I found out I was going to be receiving the award,” Anenson said. “There are a lot of really successful seniors across the league, so to receive this was just a tremendous honor for me.”
She is quick to thank the assorted coaches, teachers and parents in the community who have helped her along her journey.
“I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this award without all of them,” Anenson said.
No one can doubt Anenson’s accomplishments. She was a regional qualifier four times and a state qualifier twice in cross country. Anenson qualified for the regional meet six times in track and field distance events and relays. She also earned two letters in basketball.
Cross Country 2019 Regional Qualifiers! Congratulations Bulldogs! pic.twitter.com/UYbtJlbbG3— Green Bulldogs (@Green_Bulldogs) October 19, 2019
Anenson’s success in distance running has her headed to Malone University. She is expected to participate in both cross country and track for the Pioneers.
“I really enjoyed being around the coaches and the team at Malone,” Anenson said. “There was just an energy around the program. It’s something I felt like I just really wanted to be a part of.”
Malone also has the pre-medicine academic program that interested Anenson.
“I’ve wanted to be in the medical field since I was a kid,” Anenson said. “I’ve narrowed it down to wanting to be an orthopedic doctor and helping out with athletes. Malone has a great program for pre-medicine and they have a path laid out for what you are going to need going into medical school.”
Anenson knows eventually attending medical school is “going to be a long road,” one she is eager to travel.
Unfortunately, her high school athletic journey ended earlier than planned when spring sports in Ohio were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The whole team was pretty sad when we found out the season was going to be canceled,” Anenson said. “We were disappointed but we have tried to remain positive. We talk to each other every day.”
GASBC & @Green_Bulldogs are celebrating senior athletes! Kendall Anenson has been a 3 sport athlete since her Freshman year & is a 2-time OHSAA State qualifier. She will run XCountry and Track/Field for @maloneathletics while studying Biology. Congratulations Anenson family! pic.twitter.com/C9Hjeoo9fc— Green All Sports Booster Club (@gasbc_bulldogs) May 3, 2020
The seniors know the pandemic also will alter their graduation ceremony. Anenson was expected to give a speech at the ceremony, but she realizes the circumstances around graduation are in flux.
“The administrators have a plan for us,” Anenson said. “I’m not sure what the details are, but they are working on something. I know the speech I was supposed to give will now be pre-recorded. I’m not quite sure how all of it is going to work out, but I know they are going to be doing something nice for us.”
It’s just another hurdle in a spring that has been full of them for 2020 seniors.
“It’s been tough,” Anenson said. “There are circumstances that are beyond our control, though. It’s a lesson. There are going to be obstacles in life and I think this is just preparing us for that.”
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