I have been a runner for as long as I can remember. From the time I was young all I wanted to do was join the Cross-Country team in Middle School. I started running competitively in the 7th grade and fell in love with the sport. The next four years I competed year-round in Cross-Country, Indoor and Outdoor track. At the end of my Sophomore year the only Coach I had ever run for left for a better opportunity for him and his family. His replacement was a teacher with no experience as a coach and was not even a runner. I had to make some tough decisions, was I going to stay where I was comfortable, in familiar surroundings and not have the support I needed to continue to grow, losing the opportunity to race at the collegiate level or was I going to make a change? As a junior I transferred to a High School that had a great running program and a very well-respected Coach. Being comfortable was not going to allow me to achieve my goals. My first Cross-Country season in the new school resulted in our team taking runner-up in the State meet for the first time in school history. When I was selected for the leadership award at the end of the season I was sure I had made the right choice.
I am now looking forward to having the opportunity to compete at the next level. My high school experience has proven to me that I can move into unfamiliar surroundings and adapt. I am looking for a school that is not only a good fit athletically but academically as well. I enjoy being challenged and am willing to work as hard as I can to become the best runner I can be. I believe I not only have the talent but the character, work ethic and leadership skills it takes to make an immediate impact on a program.