During 8th grade I was asked by my PE teacher to be in the track team, running was never a thing I knew about at the time as I use to be a baseball player. This then led to my first success in getting third in a middle school track meet 800. It wasn't much but I my PE teacher then gave me a flyer for cross country. I always was remembered fast in middle school from my times. I ran a 5:30 mile before the end of 8th grade and that made me proud. The feeling of running was always enjoyable for me, I would always tell myself to go and go during PE.
Once I came into cross the coaches were already looking at me with the times I was already hitting. What surprised one of them is that I was already running with the varsity pack on a run in my first day of practice. Then during season, I was successful race after race and I didn't realize. Then I saw how quick I was with varsity. I was able to go to CIF with them and at the time I never knew I would be soo far. Once CIF Finals rolled around, I ran a 15:30 3 mile and made a spot in the state team. This was a major accomplishment to me as I never really expected to be this successful that I've started to love this since freshman year.
What really blew my mind was being a very important member for our NXN team as I was one of the people that made it to our success. These different races and training I've been through have truly showed my potential as I've only ran since July of 2016. I push myself athletically to ensure I will make it to college. Grades are most definitely as important and do almost everything I can to keep my grades high. These steps I've taken now have changed me as a person as I've met knew friends and teammates that I would have never knew. Life has been different and with a long schedule of cross/track, it has taught much more on managing time which has made life a little easier then the beginning. The rough times I know will pay off if I put it my all into my classes and sport.