Before the class of 2019 makes their final farewells to high school cross country and track and field, we want to give everyone a chance to salute them one more time! FLRunners invites all seniors to tell their stories from the past four years.
What was your most memorable race/throw/jump/vault/moment?
Definitely when I broke 18 minutes in the 5k at the Bobcat Classic. There are many barriers for me as a runner, breaking 18s in the 5k, 5:00 in the mile and 11:00 in the two-mile. After missing out my junior season due to injury, breaking 18s made me the happiest I've been. I was literally punching the ground in joy.
Who would you consider your biggest competition over your four years?
Probably Deland high school, in distance running they were similar to Spruce Creek and I ran against them in most races, and they were usually the team we competed against for a qualifying spot for Regionals. They've pushed my team and I the past 4 years and I would like to congratulate them for qualifying over us for 4A Region 1.
Who would you consider your biggest role model over your four years competing?
I didn't really have a specific role model over the 4 years, but I've always looked up to the upperclassmen every year until I became a senior. I always put my trust in them when it comes to races and took a little something from each to make me into the person I am today.
If you could do it all over again what would you change about your running or field career in high school?
Focusing on the small details such as core diet, and strengthening. It makes a huge difference as in preventing injuries and actually making you feel better when running.
What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome? How did you overcome them?
Definitely my junior cross country season. I was coming off of my sophomore season and was ready to do better my junior season. But everything fell apart with an ankle injury that destroyed my whole season. It frustrates me not to be able to run. I hated that I was falling behind the others and not running with them. I felt secluded. But I put it all behind me in the winter offseason as I knew I couldn't change the past, but I can change the future.
What will you miss the most?
Definitely coming out to the track every single day and just talking to everyone. Even in the morning practices with just a few of the guys, the camaraderie sure was great. The team is definitely will be missed the most.
What advice would you give to younger athletes?
Relish every. single. moment. Remember that most of the athletes won't run for a college team. This may the last time as an athlete. The good, the bad and everything in between. Don't take for granted the opportunity you have.
What are your post-high school or college plans?
I plan to study medicine and become a trauma surgeon in the Navy. Oh and I still want to run faster, but on my own this time.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Train hard, win easy