Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
It's difficult for some athletes to adjust to being on a new team.
But it's been a smooth transition for a Johnson City senior in her first year running track.
She's one of the leaders of the team, and carries a 100 GPA.
Action sports reporter Gabe Osterhout introduces us to Johnson City senior Nicole Rising, this week's Academic All-Star.
Johnson City's Nicole Rising is one of the leaders of the track team this year.
May not sound like a difficult task.
But it's Rising's first year on a new team at a new school.
It's also her last.
The senior transferred to Johnson City from Ross Corners Christian Academy.
"It was kind of a mixed...the school I came from was very small and it takes me a long time to get used to new environments and make friends and stuff so it, but I felt welcome here so it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be."
It didn't take her long to make a difference on the track.
In her first race with the team, she helped the sprint medley relay team to a first place finish, missing the school record time by less than a second.
She's also a key element for the 400 meter relay team as well as a successful 100 meter and 200 meter sprinter.
All this while battling injuries.
"I haven't been able to do complete workouts the whole entire season because I had injuries coming off of basketball but I do what I can. I run with some of the distance runners so that helps get my endurance up."
Coach Eric Putman says, "Truly if we had girls like her from freshman year on, it would say leaps and bounds for the program. She's got a work ethic that's unsurpassable for anyone her age and its hard to even see it in college age kids but having her has been a great thing for our program."
Off the track, Rising carries a 100 average.
She says her favorite subject is biology though she isn't sure why.
Rising credits her athletic career for her success in the classroom.
"I think sports help me to do my homework. Because if I didn't feel like doing my homework I can do my sports, but it kind of motivates you...you have to get your homework done and then you can go practice so putting them together really helps."
After this season, Rising will go to Broome Community College and study nursing, before moving on to finish her degree.
A team leader, an A student, and a great role model for her younger teammates, that's why Nicole Rising is this week's Academic All-Star.
In Johnson City, Gabe Osterhout, Action Sports.