What made you decide to sign with Coastal Carolina?
I really clicked with the girls from the team. They were really down to earth and welcoming. They gave a good perspective on what to expect from the coaches, program and the university. I also like the commitment and support the university displays for all of its athletic programs. Coach Vaught also sounds a lot like my dad in regards to his coaching philosophy and life principals, so I think everything will be a great fit for me.
What did you learn from the experience?
Always believe in yourself! Many people told me to sign early, because scholarships won’t be available later in the process. My dad and I were convinced the right opportunity would present itself if I continued to work hard and perform well in the classroom and on the track. I think I’m going to the right place that can help me reach my potential.
Where else did you look? What were you top choices?
I looked at UNCC, Nevada, Gardner-Webb, Wingate, Campbell, UNC Chapel Hill, USC and Clemson. My top choices were UNC Charlotte, UNC Chapel Hill and Campbell.
What would you like to achieve the rest of the season?
I would like to win the 100-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles and 4 x 400 at the state meet. The competition is going to be tough, but I’m going to try my best to make those things happen!
What summer track and field and other plans do you have?
I am going to compete in the Central America Jr. Track and Field Championships a couple weeks after the state meet. I also plan to run at the Club Championships in Orlando, New Balance Nationals and hopefully the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships and PanAmerican Junior Championships.
Do you have any other summer plans?
My summer is going to be pretty busy with track and field, but I will definitely squeeze in college orientation and hopefully a vacation with my family before school starts.
What goals, academic, athletically, etc. do you have for college and the future?
I plan to stay in college until I complete my Master’s degree. I plan to major in Exercise and Sport Science, but I haven’t decided on my concentration for my Master’s Degree.
My athletic goals in college are to help my team win numerous conference championships and to win several individual championships myself. I also would like to become one of the top runners in the world and qualify for the 2016 Olympics.
Have you been told what the workouts will be like for you in college compared to now?
I’ve been told the workouts will be challenging and on a different level from what is usually done in high school. Fortunately, I think my club workouts with the Charlotte Heat and the workouts my dad developed will help me to mentally get through the tough college workouts.