Originally published May 1, 2020
What was your most memorable race/competition?
I would say the state XC meet my sophomore year. It meant a lot to be a part of a state championship team and to go out the way we did - winning by one point made it even more special.
Out of all your high school accomplishments, which stands out the most?
I would say the accomplishment I'm most proud of would be winning state XC three years in a row with my team. Watch the race
If you could do it all over again, what would you change about your athletic career in high school?
I would tell my younger self to take it more seriously from seventh-ninth grade. I would eat better at a younger age.
What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
I had bad growing pains during my eighth-grade track and ninth-grade cross country season, but one I would say was the most difficult was having really bad iron deficiency my junior track season. The day before Coaches Classic (meet history), we found out I had a ferritin level of nine (endurance athletes should be at least 40). It was taking a big toll on myself mentally and physically. About 10 days later we decided it was time to take some rest, ending my season.
What will you miss the most?
I'll definitely miss running with the team every day and spending time with them. Something I'll definitely miss a lot is XC camp during the summer. I've made so many great memories at App. State and it's always a fun time.
Do you have any advice for younger athletes?
Don't beat yourself up as much when things don't go the way they are planned. It will take its toll on you mentally. Staying positive is one of the best things you can do in this sport.
How have your coaches influenced your performances and your life goals?
My coaches have meant so much to me over my six years of high school running. Coach Buys, Coach Johns, and my Dad have always supported me. They've taught me how to carry myself and what it means to work hard.
What kind of impact did your family have on your time as a high school student-athlete?
My family has always been supporting me ever since I started running. Whether it be my parents, brother, or grandparents, I'm truly thankful for their continuous support. I can't thank them enough for all that that they have done.
What are your college or post-high school plans?
I plan to major in Business at USC Upstate while also competing for the cross country and track teams.
What do you hope to achieve after high school?
I hope to make an impact on the world through what I choose to do in business. Additionally, I also hope to also make an impact on the Upstate distance program during my time there and see how much we can build.
Do you see yourself coaching in the future? Please explain and if so, what level and why?
My dad has told me I would be a great coach, but I haven't really thought about it.
Shout out to my mom, dad, brother, coaches, friends, and current/past teammates who have always been there through the ups and downs.
If there is one thing in the world you could do, what would it be and why?
I would love to train/hang out with Tinman Elite in Boulder, Colorado. I admire their camaraderie with one another and their love for the sport. It reminds me of how we were at XC camp.