I enjoy being on truly amazing teams for club and school cross country and track. In high school I qualified for and participated in regionals as a freshman and qualified for state as an individual and as a team for cross country in my sophomore year. I also participated in regionals in track both freshman and sophomore year. In club track I have participated in the Hershey National Jr. Olympics for the past four years and qualified for nationals for the past two years in cross country. These experiences have made me love athletics in my life.
As a runner, dancer, being active in Young Life and in Pep Band, I am very busy. I have had to learn to be well-organized and diligent in my school work. I am proud to be a National Honor Society member.
I started dancing when I was really young, about three years old. I loved being active and being a kid. By the time I was in third grade I was finally able to be on the school cross country team. I loved running so much that I decided to try track that year and from then on have only improved and developed more and more a love for running.
When I started running, I was in the back of the pack not knowing how to run. By the time fifth grade came around, with amazing coaches who have helped me grow up as a runner, I realized I wanted to pursue this in my life. I have fought through asthma especially with the ups and downs of the air quality due to wildfire smoke. I have had struggles with nutrition and diet, and suffered through a stress fracture in my talus bone during my junior year in both cross country and track seasons, but through it all, I have been made stronger, more confident and continue to run and love running.
Participating in sports has made me realize how strong I have to be so that I am able to do what I do. It has made me learn new ways to communicate and has allowed me to see how shy I use to be, and strive to become someone who is willing to meet and befriend anyone.
I had the opportunity to go to Malibu Club in Canada for Young Life last year where I was able to make new friends, strengthen friendships that had been already in place, but most importantly realize the love of God in my heart, the love of a God who created us to be in relationship with Him. I finally understand how much I am loved for who I am and I do not need to change that because of being afraid of what others think of me; I am made to be me.
Along with cross country and track goals, I hope to become a Physical Therapist or Athletic Trainer. I am taking Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, and the most demanding math classes I can to help me achieve these goals. I am also working in some weights classes to continue to work on my strength.
All things considered, I am willing to to get to know anyone and everyone. I am a people and pet person, friendly and nonjudgmental with Christian values. I am a versatile and coachable athlete and am willing to work hard in any and every event and race.