"Legend is a gifted track athlete who is not scared of hard work. His races are fun to watch and I look forward to continuing to watch his development as an athlete." - Hugh Knight, Porter Gaud coach.
How would you rate the season so far?
I would rate it a six. I expected to run a lot faster, but I'm glad it is all coming together with the state meet this weekend.
How did you get involved in the sport?
My parents introduced me to track when I was seven and I've been running ever since.
What do you hope to achieve this weekend? Please describe/explain.
My main goal is to help lead our team to the state championship. I also want to win the state championship in the 400m and the 200m and lower my times in both races.
What is your training like this week?
I'm at the end of my training program, so the volume of my workouts have been scaled back. Now, my coaches and I are focusing on the little things that can get me to my goal times this weekend.
What part of the race do you feel is your strongest and most challenging? Please explain.
My strongest part would be my start usually. I always start out well which helps set me up for the rest of my race. The toughest part for me is the last 50-75 meters of the 400m and trying to remember that I have to keep pumping my arms and lifting my legs.
What do you hope to do after the regular season?
This weekend, I'm hoping to qualify for New Balance Nationals again. I qualified last year for the freshman class, but I was unable to run because of a hamstring injury from track season. I'm not too far off from the qualifying time, so I'm hoping that this year I can qualify and run at the meet.
What keeps you motivated?
My family is my biggest motivation. I have a reminder on my phone that says "Do Everything for the Ones You Love" and I keep it there to remind me that I'm doing this for something bigger than myself. My brother, Zai Waring, is also another big motivation for me. He's a freshman and he has gotten a lot faster since we were younger, so our competitions at practice always keep me on me motivated because no one wants their little brother to win.
Do you play other sports? Please explain.