Looking at the resume of Gonzalez, it would be easy to confuse her with an upperclassman. Winning three gold medals at the YAIAA championships, claiming a few silvers at districts, setting multiple school records -- not the normal accomplishments for a 15-year-old in high school.
Gonzalez, voted the YAIAA Division A Girls' Track and Field Athlete of the Year by league coaches, took time to answer a few questions about freshman year and more:
What is your favorite memory from your freshman season?
I think it was when my 4x100 team broke the school record at the White Rose Invitational (at Central York near the end of the year). It was so neat for Molly Crawford, she's the only senior (on the relay team), and we were all jumping around the infield when we found out. That was the most exciting moment.
Who are the goofiest girls on your team?
The funniest has to be Deja Henry. She just makes me laugh constantly. Guy-wise, Wit Norrie is the funniest. He is hilarious.
What three people, dead or alive, would you have dinner with and why?
I really have no idea.
Name one place you'd love to go during your lifetime.
I really want to go to Switzerland. I went on a trip to Italy, and we were there for just a day or two, and I want more. I just want to go to Europe and explore.
If you couldn't play your sport, what sport would you play?
Softball. I play for the PA BallHawks, a tournament team. I usually play left field or center and am also a catcher.
What sport are you the absolute worst at?
I am really, really bad at basketball. I can't dribble and run at the same time without losing the ball.
What are you looking forward to the most this summer?
Just hanging out with my friends and relaxing. Also, playing some more softball.
What was your favorite thing to do at elementary school recess?
I played football with the guys at recess. I was the only girl playing football.
Do you have a part-time job?
Just babysitting when people need me, that's about it.
Do you speak a second language?
I take Spanish in school.
What's the best piece of advice or tip that you ever got from your varsity head coach?
The best advice was to lift my knees. I just did that one time, and the change was crazy. I dropped so much time off. It helped immensely.