When I began my distance-running journey freshman year in high school, I knew that it would change me physically and help me stay in shape. What I didn’t realize was how it would change me mentally and spiritually, and now, looking back, I can say that my running career has made me a better person overall, especially during my sophomore year. This past year was filled with ups and downs for me: I started my cross country season strong, but a Level 2 iron deficiency brought me exhaustion and frustration; my indoor track and much of the beginning of the outdoor track season was lost due to a serious hip injury, but I ended the year with a personal best at the state meet. Through these achievements and setbacks, running has helped me grow as an individual and define my worth beyond just the sport itself.
Running in college was never a “what if” question for me; rather, it was a “where at” question. I hope to be part of a competitive team with ladies who lift each other up and are successful on the course/track and elsewhere. I’m also looking for a coach who helps me be a successful runner as well as a student and person. Academics are very important to me and my goal is to remain a straight-A student through my college years, as well as a successful athlete. I am an extremely hard worker and a leader, and I will do whatever it takes to come out on top and I'm not afraid to try new things. Running has helped me believe in myself and trust in the process and in my coaches, and I am excited to see where it takes me next. I am ready to take that next step into college athletics with a coach and teammates who will push me and help me succeed in all aspects of my life.