Sonnier works for first collegiate season
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North Vermilion grad Chelcie Sonnier displays how hard she works.
North Vermilion grad Chelcie Sonnier displays how hard she works.
Former North Vermilion wonder woman, Chelcie Sonnier recently started her first semester at UL-Lafayette on a track scholarship.

While she is enjoying the college-class atmosphere, she does admit being a college athlete is much harder than she expected.

“As for school, college is a lot more laid back,” Sonnier said. “Track is a whole lot harder. The coaches really push you and I need that. I want to be the best that I can be.”

Her workout schedule begins at 5:30 a.m. three days a week, followed by practice at 4 p.m. After that she hits the weight room at 6:15 p.m three days a week.

Mixed into that formula, Sonnier also has classes and six hours of study hall a week and she’s staying at home.

“Study hall is good because it keeps me focused.” explained Sonnier. “Staying at home is cheaper and instead of driving back and forth, I can just stay on campus all day.”

Sonnier has met a lot of new people already, and has made several new friends, including athletes from different sports.

“I hang out with the softball team a lot between practices,” Sonnier said. “Our practices are close to the same time so it works.”

Sonnier misses basketball the most about high school, but understands that one day her competitive career will end.

“Basketball is one of the hardest things I ever had to give up,” said Sonnier. “But I still have a sport, so I’m not out completely. I know that will end one day too.”

When that day comes, Sonnier is all about exercise and fitness.

“I’m real big into weight-lifting,” she said. “Maybe I can be a coach or personal trainer.”

Her dream is to make the Olympics, but if not she’ll be satisfied with however far she makes it.

“Everyone sets goals,” she continued. “I want to make the Olympics, obviously. If I don’t get there, I’ll still be happy with everything I will have accomplished along the way.”

Sonnier’s first indoor meet is in January. She imagines the workouts and practices will only increase the closer it gets to the season. She admits to barely having any free time as it is now.

“I kinda have a social life, but not really,” she said. “By the time I get home, it’s time to go to bed.”

Sonnier understands that sacrifices are part of reaching the top. It’s obvious to anyone who has seen her that she is in supreme physical condition.

She knows one tweak here or there can turn her into an Olympian.

“It’s all worth it,” she said.
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