I was a track athlete for most of my athletic career, starting in seventh grade all the way until my last race in May of 2012. I was a mid-distance runner; I ran the 200, 400 and 800, but my event was the 400. That’s what I got recruited for, and that’s what made me All-Conference and a national qualifier in college. My path to college was pretty straight-forward. During my junior and senior year of high school, I started to get mail and phone calls from college coaches, but a lot of them were from places I’ve never heard of.
I ended up becoming a member with NCSA in 2007, and they helped narrow down the schools interested in me. They also provided knowledge on the recruiting process; specifically, always do your research on a school that’s interested in you. And that’s how I ended up at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a small Division III school that had fewer students attending than my high school (Neuqua Valley). It was a perfect fit. Our school might have been small, but our team was one of the most competitive DIII schools in the country, in the best conference in the country. We raced DI programs, raced at Drake Relays and traveled across the country for meets. We might not have been a DI program, but we sure competed like it. It was truly a case of never judge a book by its cover. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life.
Now that I’m out of school, my hobbies include playing video games, primarily Fifa (I’m a huge soccer fan), watching the Cincinnati Bengals (Who Dey!?) and collecting sneakers. I currently have over 65 pairs.