- I first became interested in running when I began running in meets in middle school. I fell in love with the work ethic and mental strength that is required for cross country and decided to run for my high school’s team. Through cross country I have learned how to compete and be a leader on a team as well as the importance of hard work and consistency to get the results you want. I plan to finish highschool on the honor roll as I have stayed on the honor for all four years and I plan to further my knowledge on mechanical and civil engineering at a university. My sophomore year, I was a team state champion and the next year it was harder to succeed because the dynamic had changed, we had lost two teammates because they were seniors. Despite coming into the cross country program as an individual that ran for myself, I had to learn how to run for my team and become a solid leader that my team could look up to. I had countless conversations with my coach on how I could be the best leader I could be my junior year and I eventually got the hang of it. My junior year at district we ran as a team and perfect scored the district meet (despite a couple of front runners). That is when I realized that me as well as other upperclassmen had become great leaders because the younger ones trusted us and ran with us. Running in my highschoo’s program I have noticed that I love to trust in a process. I train best when I stick to the program as best I can and I try my best to do exactly as I am told and be a champion when nobody is watching (as my coach likes to say).