(Photo taken by Zak Rivers Photography)
First of all, how did you first get involved with track and field?
My 7th grade year I joined track just like any other kid would do. My dad ran track, so it piqued my interest and he kept telling me I was fast (and of course I believed him).
What are all your personal records?
60 M - 7.13
100M - 10.78
200 M - 22.75
I hold the MRC record and school record for the 100, as well as multiple meet records.
Do you do, or have you done, any other sports?
I ran cross country for many years, I played basketball for three years, and I also wrestled when I was younger.
What is your favorite or most memorable competition you've ever been in?
I think MRC conference 2016 when I broke my school record. It gave me a sense of pride and let me know that if I set goals I could reach them if I believed I could.
Other than your own teammates, who are some of your favorite athletes to compete against?
Who are some people that have been most helpful to you in your athletic career?
My parents are at every meet and continue to help me focus and understand that my dreams can come true. Also Chris Rogers, one of my mentors and trainers for the offseason, and Jerrell Hancock. I have been working with Jerrell and Chris for the last two years. Lastly, a big thank you to my coach Jeff Christ. He has stood by my side and encouraged me to be a better athlete for as long as I can remember (all the way back to 7th grade).
(Photo provided by Rhett Streeter)
What is a challenge you have had to face as an athlete?
My BRAIN - is the biggest challenge. As a thinking athlete, calming my mind and overcoming the nerves and "what ifs" have been important for me. Some athletes don't struggle with this but I did, and now as a senior I feel I have a good handle on setting the bar and reaching it as well as enjoying myself along the way.
How were you able to reach that point?
A lot of hard work and concentrated focus. I have to trust that my mind is for me and not against me. I also visualize my races. This practice helps me to be the ONLY one running and execute my race against the clock vs. others.
As a senior, how have your perspectives, strategies, or attitudes changed since you first started running, what advice would you give to younger track athletes?
In the beginning it was more of a hobby, trying something new, checking in to see if I was fast. My sophomore and junior year were about mechanics, refinement and technique, not to mention the mental preparation. I learned in those seasons to lose well and win well. As a senior I feel strong and am just enjoying what I know how to do. I'm enjoying the outcomes and my team. For younger track athletes, it may sound cliché, but always remember to HAVE FUN while doing your best. If you are not having fun, then WHY RUN? Also, don't be too hard on yourself as you transition from middle school to high school. Allow yourself to develop.
What are your main goals for this track season?
Personal goals for me would be to run 10.45 in the 100 M and 21.5 in the 200 M. I'm hopeful that our 4x200 relay team makes it to State.
Do you have any college plans?
I will be attending the University of Montana and will be running Division I track under Coach Brian Schweyen and Coach Paul Reneau.
What were some of the things that attracted you to the University of Montana?
Great coaching staff, beautiful campus, and beautiful location. Also, I want to design shoes/work at Nike, and they have a great intern program.
Do you have any rituals, routines, or superstitions either on or off the track?
YES! I wear "special socks".
What makes you socks special?
They were gift from my Mom. Each color represents a different kind of feeling and energy to draw from.
When not doing anything track-related, what might we find you doing?
I like to draw, I like to collect shoes, and I sing.
Tell me one bizarre fact about yourself.
I have really crooked toes!