I have known for several years that track and field has stood above all other sports for me, and a trip to the national stage last year cemented my love for the sport. I love the feeling of standing behind the white line and waiting for the gun to go off and knowing my competitors are to the left and right of me. It is just me versus them, and I am always confident and determined to do my best to come out on top.
I have loved sports since I was very little, I enjoy a variety of athletics which include basketball, volleyball, and of course, track and field. I have always considered myself a very active person who believes that hard work is the way to winning. I have been significantly inspired by my parents and older brother. They were all great athletes in their day, and I intend to follow in their footsteps. My father was an all-state football, basketball, and track member, my mother was very good at volleyball and basketball, and my brother was an awesome football player and state wrestler. So, I have a lot to live up to, and I intend to make my own path and create my own piece of this long family tradition.
My 2018 track season was all I needed to figure out that this sport is my passion. I went undefeated in all events throughout my junior high season. Also, I participated in several USATF events throughout Iowa collecting a variety of other 1st place victories, including three gold medals at the Iowa Games in the 100, 200, and 400. In my regional appearance for my nationals bid, I placed 6th in the 100m dash, and 5th in the 200, earning my spot on the national stage in Greensboro, NC. This experience changed my life and my love for the sport. It gave me a renewed passion and has inspired me to create many new goals for myself. Not only do I want to make it back to nationals, but I want to do so in multiple events, and I would like to podium while I am there. I work very hard at staying competitive, and I have incorporated many new elements into my workouts. My father and I have created a new training program where we have added speed and strength training. I work six days per week, three days on speed and endurance, and three days in the gym working on my weight training. I am confident that all my hard work will pay off and I will be able to achieve the goals that I have set for myself. I am grateful and proud of my accomplishments, but I know I have so much more to do, and I intend to follow my dreams and make the most of every opportunity that I am given.