My high school running career began as a ninth grader when I decided that being part of a sports team would be a great high school experience. After my first race, however, I fell in love with track and cross-country. I love the challenge and discipline of the sport. I have been running on the varsity cross country and track teams for the past three years, and as a junior this year, I have been promoted to captain for all three seasons. Being the captain is a huge responsibility that entails leading workouts, organizing team dinners, making sure every person on the team is prepared for the races, managing the team support system, and encouraging each runner to find their voice as an athlete. I discovered that I can lead and be inspiration, a strength I never knew I had.
My academic goals consist of maintaining my GPA of 3.8 or better, continuing to do well in the sciences and math, and explore my options for college. Continuing varsity track and cross-country is a must for my college experience. Academic excellence, as well as a highly regarded team sports, are extremely important to me.
Something I learned from this sport is to not fear failure, and to not fear risks or challenging myself. I first learned this from my academic experiences. I found that if I took a deep breath, sought help, and opened my mind, I could overcome academic challenges. I have also learned these qualities and skills from sports. If my times failed to improve, I analyzed why, sought advice from my coaches, and with patience and a plan, I was able to improve my time. When I was injured, I challenged myself to become strong and heal quickly. When I lose a race or fail to meet my performance expectations, I reflect and then move forward. For me, it is about the team and my personal best.