Being a student-athlete can be demanding at times.
Tori Wood, however, is an example of being successful in both roles.
Wood was a standout in multiple sports and also a star in the classroom during her four years at Sequoyah High School.
Wood won a total of 68 events in cross-country and track combined. Brad Holt was Wood's coach in both sports, as well as her teacher in several subjects.
"Tori was not only a great runner, but excelled academically also," Holt said. "She scored a 35 on her ACT, graduated with over a 4.00 GPA and was the valedictorian. I had her in class for her geometry, algebra 2, trigonometry and AP Calculus. She was my top student in these."
Wood was at her best in the biggest events.
She set school records in various distances with all of them coming during state meets.
Wood's top time in cross-country (2-mile) was 12 minutes, 9 seconds.
Her best individual track times were 2:22.96 in the 800, 5:24.55 in the 1600 and 11:58.66 in the 3200.
She also was part of a 3,200-meter relay that finished in 10:07.24.
Wood finished with a total of nine state track medals and four state cross-country medals.
Holt, however, emphasized that Wood's biggest focus was always about the team.
"Tori did many great things over the years for our program and all the school records show that," Holt said. "It was an honor to get to coach her. She became a leader by example to many of the younger athletes. Tori's attitude and effort was contagious and led to success as a team which is what meant the most to her."
Another big event Wood dominated was the Verdigris Valley Conference cross-country meet, finishing in first place a perfect 4-of-4 tries.
Wood also played basketball, where she played a key role as the Eagles claimed a Class 4A district championship with a 45-34 victory over Will Rogers in 2017.
"Playing multiple sports keeps you in shape and changes things up so you don't get bored," Wood said.
Wood was also a National Merit semifinalist. She will attend the University of Tulsa but won't continue running.
Wood is undecided on a major, but all of her athletic and academic achievements as an Eagle will lead to success, regardless of what she ultimately ends up doing.
"I loved my time at Sequoyah and am so thankful for the memories I made, especially for coach Holt," Wood said. "I don't know how to even begin to describe his impact on my life, but I would not be where I am today without his years of support and guidance."