I started running cross country in sixth grade. Although I enjoyed it, I didn’t start truly getting into the sport of running until my freshman year of high school. During this time, I was also playing competitive travel softball. I discovered the satisfaction of running a personal best and winning a meet as a team far outweighed the rewards from softball. During my freshman year, I decided to stop softball and run track instead. Once dedicating myself fully to cross country and track I’ve never looked back.
I make it a priority to do everything I can to be the best athlete possible. I prioritize going to every optional practice in the off-season and doing the higher number of sets/minutes during all the workouts. In addition, I work hard on having a balanced diet and doing the proper things needed to recover after a tough workout. By doing all this, I’ve seen a lot of improvements.
I’ve grown to love the hard work of running and thrive on the feeling of accomplishment afterward. I also love my team and how encouraging they all are. During Covid, cross country and track allowed me a sense of normalcy and something else to focus on. This sport and the amazing relationships I’ve made doing it has inspired me to work hard to be able to run at a collegiate level. I aspire to be on a hard-working competitive team with people willing to work hard but also still find time to make the environment fun and welcoming. A good team environment is important to me because I’ve found that I can push myself harder when I see my teammates working hard.
The prospect of being a college athlete excites me, but I also know that college isn’t just about sports. I’m prepared to push myself academically as well. I have received a 4.0 GPA while also balancing sports and a job. I have learned and will continue to learn, how to best use my time in and out of school to set myself up for success. I am far from where I want to be, but I am willing to work towards my dream of a college experience that includes athletic competition.