I have been competing in both Track and Cross Country since I was twelve. Quickly, distance running became one of my biggest passions. It allows me to flourish both on and off the course/track. I’ve learned perseverance and hard work on the track and it’s carried over to the classroom and my daily life. This became especially important when I suffered a stress fracture in the summer before my sophomore year. I ended up benched for six months but remained a part of the team. My sense of dedication and hard work became most important during this time as I pushed myself to recover from the injury.
During the time that I was injured, I learned more about myself than the seasons that preceded it. I found out that my passion for the sport was not only in the competition but the camaraderie that comes with the team. My hard work and dedication presented themselves in full force when I finally go clearance to run again. I knew that I was going to work hard to recover. Each practice I gave as much as I could and it payed off. I ended my season with several PR’s and determination to run in college. This hard work has bled over into my school work and I work to maintain an upper 3.9 GPA. I plan to continue this dedication to academics and athletics and carry my work ethic to my college career.