I am a Junior Cross Country/Track and Field Runner at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City. I currently have a 3.50 out of 4.5 GPA at a great Jesuit Institution and I have been honored at my school for my academic achievements. This fall has been a great one for my team- we qualified for the Meet of Champions for the first time ever in school history! I am very grateful to have contributed to our success and we added to our fantastic fall with a solid Meat of Champs Performance to finish 12th overall, setting a great base to build on during the track season, next summer, and ultimately next Cross Country season. At the Meet of Champs, I also brought down my Holmdel time to 16:51 during a very tactical race on New Jersey's toughest course.
Indoor has started and halfway through the season, I am already seeing my times go down. I ran 9:50 in the 3200 at the Hudson County Championships in only my third try at the 3200 on an indoor track. My 1600 time has not come down as dramatically and it still sits at 4:43, but I have shifted focus to the 3200 for the rest of my season and hope to bring down my 3200 and 1600 times in the outdoor season. I hope to then get in a good summer of training so I can open up my Cross Country Season next year with a 5k time under 16 minutes.
In addition to running and focusing on my academics, I am also a member of Boy Scout Troop 203 in Scotch Plains, NJ striving towards my Eagle Scout rank. I made Honorable Mention for academics this past quarter.
Tenacity and leadership are qualities that best describe me. Both are taught and reinforced by both my school and my parents. I gravitate toward leadership positions. For example, I was selected by my peers to be to be the Senior Patrol Leader of my Boy Scout Troop. I am willing to give everything in every practice, whether it be an interval workout or a long run. My parents raised me to be a “Man for Others” and Saint Peter’s has further stressed this quality. I not only give my all for myself, but I also do everything I can to help out the team. I demonstrate this through things as small as just cheering them on at a meet or by helping get the team in the right mindset so that they can go out on the track and perform the best they can.
My goal for college is to be able to attend a school with a strong academic program so I can have a great career but also to be able to represent that school in track and field. I love to run, I love to learn and I want to do both. I don't know what I want to study yet but I do know that I want to be involved in the sport well after college.