Hello all! First of all, my name is Nicole Dorsey and am currently in my senior year at Wenatchee High School. I have been running track and hurdling since 6th grade. I was always considered one of the "fast girls" and have made a personal goal to uphold that name through out my years. I was also given the the nick name "hurdle master" in my years of middle school track, I would always get a kick out of that and even my coaches would refer to me as this! Hurdles have always been my event in track, in middle school I could only do the 100 hurdles because they didn't offer the 300 hurdles yet but I did manage to break and set the new school records each year in middle school (6th, 7th, and 8th grade). Even though I had practiced up at the high school a few times while still in middle school, high school track was much of a enviornment change for me! However, my transition was smooth and I was very excited to be competing at a higher level finally! I placed highly in most of my events, even as a freshman and went to each track invite, but unfortunately didn't qualify to make it to state. My next year of track went a little differently, I was now on the 4x100 and 4x200M relay which we qualified in both for state and some how I managed to place 5th at regionals in both my 100 and 300M hurdles, leaving me one place behind to go to state in each event. As my junior year came I took a different approach to my off season, I began lifting weights regularly and staying in shape considering I didn't play a winter sport. I believe my hard work in the off season paid off as I entered my 3rd season of varsity track and went right to improving my times. In my two previous years of track I had stood out much more in my 100 hurdles than I did in my 300 hurdles, but I was determined to change that this year. I made a point to improving almost every aspect of my 300 hurdle race, from my starting speed to my kick at the end. I went on to win every league meet, including regionals and place in the top ten at every invite we attened as a track team. I also was still a member of our 4x100 and 4x200 relays that saw continuous success and we even became regional champions in our 4x200! Going from a little freshman to now a junior competing in three out of four events at a state competion seemed like an out of world experience, but I was ready for this challenge! Our 4x200 went on to place 7th at state, we knew we could have done much better but it was the third and final day of the meet and I think we were all just exhausted. My 100M hurdle prelims and finals went well, I went on to place 5th and only one of the four girls ahead of me wasn't a senior so my goals for next year are already set as to what I want to do for that race. My 300 hurdles however did not go as I planned, I started my prelim race in lane four and on fire, I'm not sure what happened but coming down the back stretch I sturrted over my hurdle and hit a wall that I'd never hit before. I ended up getting fifth in my heat and being one spot away from finals. I ran a time that I was running at the beginning of the season and my dissapointment in myself was quite a lot. I think I used that frustration and chanelled it into my 100 hurdle finals as I was seeded to get 7th in finals but ended up getting 5th instead. As I look back on this weekend I know it could have gone much better than it did, but I see that as just another reason to work even harder in the off season this winter and of course during the season. My goals that I have set for myself are quite high at this point, but there's no where to go but up and that's my plan, to go up! I have dreamt of the day that I could be entering a college knowing I would be able to run track for this new school as well. I might not be an above average A student all the time, but I'm a student as well as an athlete that will work as hard as she can possibly work to accomplish her goals. I want to make a name for myself, and where better to start then ending my high school track career with a bang and entering college pumped up and ready to go! I have a strong passion for track and my ultimate goal is to pursue that passion all the way through my years of college and beyond! Thank for taking the time to read a little bit about my and I hope to hear from you all soon! Thank you so much again!