Toyota High School Athlete of the Week- Onondaga track star Siara Clos

Siara Clos is the Valedictorian at Onondaga Central School

Being a student-athlete is a tough task for many high school students. For senior Onondaga High School student Siara Clos, that accomplishment just was not enough. Clos is a prime example of how to excel both in the classroom and on field, or in her case, the track.

Clos has been awarded the title of valedictorian of her class with an astounding 99.4 grade point average. However, her determination would not let her stop there, she said. Clos is also a standout on the track. Her claim to fame during her high school career is her 10.54 personal record in the 3000 meter run.

Clos began running as a way to relieve anxiety but instantly fell in love with the sport, she said. During her freshman year she joined the cross country and track teams and never looked back.

"Joining the cross country team taught me to push and that what I do today matters tomorrow," she said.

Head Track and Field Coach at Onondaga High School Bill O'Leary said that Clos is a team leader and is always reliable.

"If she needs to take a group out for a run she does that and keeps them in line," he said. "It's what she does off of the field and with her teammates that allows her to excel."

The reason that Clos has been so successful throughout her high school career? She attributes that to the close relationship that she possesses with her family.

Although she is graduating this month, this will not be the last time you see her. Clos will carry her intelligence and running shoes to Le Moyne College in the fall. There, she will pursue a career as a physician's assistant and join the women's cross country team.

"I don't even know what my next step is going to be but I know it's going to be something great because I work hard to be successful and I will be successful," Clos said.

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