Student Athlete: Kenny Wallace

The Mathews' senior is a four sport athlete with 5 school records, while leading his class with a 4.0 GPA.

The Mathews' senior is a four sport athlete with 5 school records, while leading his class with a 4.0 GPA.

Vienna, OH (WYTV) – Kenny Wallace is always on the go, which is fitting, because he’s one of the best runners in the area. Kenny’s a standout athlete in 4 different sports for the Mustangs. Plus, he’s just as involved at school and in the community, making Kenny a run-away choice for our Student Athlete of the Week.

“Once I get to a certain pace, I can just settle in,” said Wallace. “I’m decent at that at just closing my mind down and just focusing in and just finishing a race.”

Kenny is a natural athlete, holding school records in the mile and 2 mile. Plus, he’s the only cross-country runner for the Mustangs, finishing 4th at Districts last week.

“It’s like a running joke at our school, I’m a one man team,” said Wallace. “We have more coaches and more fans than actual players I guess you could say. A lot of the other schools have really welcomed me in the community. McDonald especially, I trained with them on occasion…very nice people and they’re always there to support me.”

Kenny’s speed naturally helps him in other sports, especially soccer. He’s the most decorated player in Mathews history, scoring a school-record 80 career goals.

“I think everything balances out when someone says, I’m only going to stop and play one sport to focus on it. I think that’s sometimes a little ludicrous. I want to be the best at whatever I do. I mean, sometimes that’s not possible but I want to come as close to that as I possibly can.”

Kenny is just as driven in the classroom. He’s on track be valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA. Plus, he’s President of of his class and National Honor Society.

“Sometimes I’m just grinding, putting my head down and going straight forward. But when I take a step back and look at it I can say, ‘Wow I can be really proud of what I’ve done and I’ve worked hard to get here.”