I have always been a competitive person at heart. When I was younger, around 8 years old, I wanted to take soccer from a recreational sport to the next level. I started to play competitive soccer at 9. I thrived at mid-field where I dominated in not only my ball skills but also my speed and endurance. I continued to play through middle school where I became captain of my competitive team and remained captain until I left the sport. It has always been important to me to push my teammates to their full potential. I do that by giving 100%, being receptive to my coaches and putting their advice into action, staying positive, and being respectful to everyone I'm surrounded by.
In high school, I started the fall of my freshman year playing soccer. I quickly became a starter in the mid-field position. I helped my team win districts, 4A MCC, and reach the quarterfinals at State. In the spring I chose to run track as I did in middle school. I was very successful with the 800m where I won Regionals my freshman year with a time of 2:16. I qualified for state and placed 10th overall. I grew to love the sport more and more and the girls I was running with. It became clear that I needed to make a decision. Should I continue with soccer or put all my efforts into running? I decided it was time to make a switch and become a full-time runner.
The fall of my sophomore year, I ran Cross Country for the first time. I felt like I had found my calling. I won Districts and Regionals. I took 2nd at State in the 4A WIAA Division with a time of 18:22 in the 5k. This past spring, I was so excited to see what I could do on the track but, because of Covid-19, I unfortunately was unable to run like so many others.
Since the 2020 track season was cancelled, I continued to push myself and stay motivated to train. I was saddened when I heard that my Cross Country season was moved to the spring because I was excited to see the fruits of my labor. Nevertheless, I am staying the course and hoping I can put my training to the test this spring in our deferred Cross Country season.
On the academic side, I always push myself. I have maintained a 4.0 since 7th grade and strive to be the best student I can be. Even throughout the Covid at-home learning obstacles, I was able to successfully maintain not only my GPA but also my strong work ethic and motivation.
I find I am happiest when I am striving to better myself both in my sport and my academic career.