My passion is long distance running. My goal for college is to be part of a strong, driven team that can compete at the national level.
I have been a runner since I was 8 years old, running for our township and then middle and high schools. As I started my Freshman year, I struggled with the transition into the intense training of high school and questioned myself as a runner and whether it was a fit for me. From that point forward, instead of giving up, I decided to give my all and commit to training harder and doing everything the coaches asked of me. Sophomore year, I had a break through run and won a JV XC race with a faster time than several of our runners in the varsity race. This run put me on the map and instantly landed me a spot on the varsity team. Through the rest of the year I continued to work hard, train hard and strengthen mentally. In my Junior year, I continued in a positive direction. I had many successful races and through my work ethic and commitment that I made to myself Freshman year, raced to a win and became the 2018 NJ Group IV state XC champion.
Winning the state championship was my own personal journey and an achievement that was not handed to me. I worked for it.
I understand what it takes to work hard to achieve a running goal and I am driven and willing to put forth that effort. I believe this sets me apart from other athletes and I hope to continue pursuing my passion and contribute to a college team in 2020.