I started running cross-country in 7th grade because my mom thought I'd be good at it and I thought it would help me in basketball. I ended up doing well and medaled in 3 or 4 meets. In 8th grade I transferred to a small private Christian school. That was my first year to run track. It was fun and I liked the distance events. During my Freshman year I ran XC and JV track. I begged my coach to let me run Varsity for district and he agreed. I set a goal to run a sub 2:10 in my favorite event, the 800m. I finished with a 2:09.90! Attaining that goal my Freshman year really fired me up for my Sophomore track season. My Sophomore year I came to the season a few weeks late because I also play basketball we went to the playoffs. I had to work hard to get back into top running form. Most meets I ran the 3200, 1600 and 800. Qualifying for State in the 800 my Sophomore year was a dream come true. I won bronze with 2:00.82. My Junior year I mostly ran the 800 and 4x400. The relays are so fun. The adrenaline allows you to run faster than normal. I made it to state again in the 800 and finally went sub 2:00. I earned bronze again. After Junior year I really wanted to keep working. I felt like I was just scratching the surface on my potential. So, this summer I ran summer track with a local club and was able to advance to the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships. That was such a cool experience. I finished 17th overall in the prelims. I also qualified for the TAAF Summer Games of Texas where I earned another bronze medal. During these last two years of XC and track I really started to see myself running at the next level. I've realized I enjoy competing and I enjoy running. Most of all I enjoy the challenge of setting and meeting goals. I am looking to study architecture or landscape architecture in college. In addition to being part of XC, basketball and track, I'm also an active member of my church and youth group. I am a National Honor Society member and will earn my Eagle Scout rank in September 2019.