Senior Sendoff: Alex Emery - Eastern

Athlete Name: Alex Emery

School: Eastern High School

What was your most memorable meet and why?

My most memorable meet was fast cats classic my sophomore year. That race was my first ever big breakthrough in running and taught me that hard work truly does pay off. Also ending my senior year with a podium finish at State this year was an amazing feeling.

Where did you face your biggest competition?

 Probably running NXR last year. It was an awesome experience to get the opportunity to compete against some of the fastest teams in the Southeast Region.

Out of all of your high school accomplishments which stands out the most and why? 

My biggest accomplishment is becoming the person I am today. In the 8th grade I first began running and it has shaped me to be the hard worker and built character for myself. I would not be nearly the same person without my love to run.

If you could do it all over again what would you change about your running career in high school?

I don't think I'd want to change anything about my running career. There have been bad days in my running career that I regret. But those days are what define us and has the potential to make us stronger if you have the right perspective.

What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?

The most difficult obstacle I have had to overcome was barely missing the state spot my sophomore and junior year. Losing those spots both years made me want to give up but I had to learn how to push through and look towards the next season.

What will you miss the most?

I'm going to miss my team the most. They're some of my best friends and I don't know where I would be without them

Do you have any advice for younger athletes?

Never give up even when you want to the most.

What are your post-highschool or college plans?

I'm unsure where I want to go but I am leaning towards a smaller college rather than somewhere big. All I know is that I plan on continuing my running career wherever I go.

Who would you like to say thank you to?

I'd like to thank Coach Horan for making me the person and runner that I am today. I'd also like to thank my mom for supporting me and my team all four years. I'd like to thank my dad for introducing me to running and teaching me that effort exceeds talent