I began running cross country by mistake, but it has to have been the best mistake of my life. Being the fourth of sixth children, I was constantly dragged to my older brothers' track meets and loved watching the the hurdlers glide down the track. What could be better? So in sixth grade, when I heard there was a meeting to join the cross country team, I didn't even hesitate. I quickly realized that this was not the sport I had admired from afar - but I grew to love it first-hand.
I have run cross country and track every year since seventh grade and have enjoyed the competition and camaraderie it has brought me. My competitive nature and perseverance have allowed me to thrive as a runner, as I am always pushing to meet another goal, drop another second, pass another girl. In turn, running has helped me through some harder times. As a freshman, it provided me a network of friends and role models within my team. When I moved before my sophomore year, it eased the process of adapting to a new environment and school.
Besides running, I love learning and am curious about the world around me. I am active in my church and like to be with my family, especially if board games are involved. I have strong leadership skills and am determined - I like to finish what I start. Running is my passion and I can't wait to continue in college, wherever that may be.