What was your most memorable race/competition?
My most memorable race was my sophomore year at the Mike Moore Lake Murray Invitational. That race means a lot to me because Coach Moore was my coach for three years and it is always important for me to do well. I had a huge pr that race and just remember feeling like Coach Moore was right there with me cheering me on the entire time.
Out of all your high school accomplishments, which stands out the most?
My biggest accomplishment is getting to go sign to run at a Division 1 school. I have signed to Winthrop and it is a really big achievement for me.
If you could do it all over again, what would you change about your athletic career in high school?
I would be more dedicated to the sport early on. My first few years I danced, so I missed two cross country practices a week. I think that stopped me from improving as much as I maybe could have in the sport.
What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
My most difficult obstacle was definitely the injury I had my junior year. I tripped and was out for over four months. I had a stress reaction and tendonitis in the arch of my foot. It was definitely a difficult and trying obstacle for me because I just really wanted to run and I couldn't.
What will you miss the most?
I will miss the family I have gained the most. I have gotten the most amazing family through the running community here at Irmo. My teammates are definitely my best friends and I wouldn't be who I am without them.
My advice is to go with the flow and take what life gives you. If you try to force it, stuff often comes back to haunt you. Just roll with it and relax.
My coaches have influenced my performances and goals by encouraging me to always do my best in whatever I do. They are really supportive in my things outside of running and have attended an art show of mine. I want to eventually coach and have an impact on high school kids like they have.
My family had a big impact on my time as a high school student. They have always been so supportive of whatever I have done. When I was struggling my junior year, they created all these inspiring messages and hid them around the house. I would find random uplifting messages that made me smile whenever I saw them.
I plan to attend Winthrop University and major in exercise science. I want to eventually go to physical therapy school.
I hope to achieve my best, in whatever form it is. I am just really excited about the future and I hope to achieve all my goals, both in running and life.
I do see myself coaching in the future. I want to have an impact on kids. Many kids who play sports in high school develop many life skills that they might struggle to learn outside of a sport, like perseverance and dedication. I see myself coaching high school running because that is where a big impact can be made.
I want to shout out Coach Moore, even though he will never see this, he made a huge impact on my life despite only being in it for a few years. I would also like to shout out Jeri Katherine. She coaches at Dreher and has become a big mentor for me. She has been so encouraging and supportive. She even introduced me to my roommate at Winthrop.
I would travel and go to the concerts I want to go to. I have this bucket list of concerts that I will probably never get to go to so it would be cool to go to them.