I first started running cross country and track in sixth grade and quickly grew to enjoy it. Around eighth grade was when I made the switch from only doing it for fun to focusing on getting better and being a bit more competitive with it. I have loved every moment of cross country throughout high school and I always look to get better each year and take on new challenges. I think team efforts and accomplishments are even more important than individual ones, however I do set individual goals for myself at the beginning of each season. I usually run between 45-50 miles over the summer and cut it down around 5 miles during the season. I am looking forward to collegiate athletics because it will be a new challenge and experience! I want to be able to contribute to a strong team in college and grow as a runner as I'm there. Academics are also very important to me as I look at schools. Keeping a 4.0 GPA throughout high school has been a good balance between running and school and I think it has taught me about time management and work ethic. I am so excited for the next step, wherever it may be!