My name is Zach Hardway, and I am a senior. I live in Hillsdale, Michigan, one block away from the Hillsdale College track, where my mom and dad can usually find me. I discovered a love for racing in Middle School, where I now hold both the mile (4:54) and two mile record (10:41).
I have been in sports since I was five. My mom started me in her gymnastics classes, which eventually moved into competitive club travel soccer, and AAU basketball. The hardest decision I made my freshman year was to run Cross-Country instead of what my friends expected me to do, which was play soccer. I really loved soccer, but I live for racing.
Although I just won Regionals (10/26/13) placed 13th at the 2011 State Cross-Country race, and 12th at the Footlocker Midwest Regional meet, my proudest accomplishment so far is the honor of seeing my name on the "Top 10" record board for the fastest runners in HHS school history, and having the all time fastest time as a Freshman and Sophomore runner in school history.
I am prepared to do whatever it takes to run at the collegiate level. I am a hard worker, and trust my coach to lead me to the top. Pat Pastula is easily one of the best high school coaches not only in Michigan, but in the nation. As a second year runner, I learned to listen to, and follow his strategy for how I approach my race. I know, without a doubt, when I step on the line, I am more physically prepared than the guy standing next to me. I believe I always worked hard in soccer and basketball, but feel that my "whatever it takes" attitude is what will take with me to college. I think the fact that I ran all summer, and get out of bed for a 5:30am practice every Friday morning shows my dedication to my team.
I would like to keep my options open when it comes to where I would like to go to college. I have always run in cooler Michigan weather, and have had great success with that so far.
I would like to visit a few college campuses before I decide my preference on school size. At this moment I would just love to run at a collegiate level, and will keep all options open. My parents put themselves through college, and expect me to do the same.
At this time I would like to explore a career in digital media design and editing, physical therapy, or athletic training. If science goes well, I would consider pre-med for Chiropractic school.
Realistically, I would like to get my mile down to four minutes by the end of my senior year. I would also like to break our school record, and place in the top three in the State meet for Cross Country and win the State meet in track. I know I will always control the things I can, which is how I train, how I eat, and how I sleep.