What was your most memorable meet and why?
The 2018 Mid Kentucky Conference Meet because I was able to set a PR at 17:03, earn All-Conference, and our team won for the third year in a row.
Where did you face your biggest competition?
Our biggest competition was definitely in the region and state meets. Being in Region 3 of Class AAA put us up against St. X, Male, DuPont Manual, and Butler who have all been state powers recently so we had to work really hard to succeed in these meets and even make it to state.
Out of all of your high school accomplishments which stands out the most and why?
Out of all the team accomplishments, the biggest one for me is making it to state back to back years at a school that had not made state since the 1980s. Also, winning conference three consecutive years. Individually, my proudest achievement is becoming the third fastest individual in school history and placing 14th in Region 3 senior year.
If you could do it all over again what would you change about your running career in high school?
I would have taken track season more seriously. Though I didn't enjoy it as much, I never realized how much it could have helped me grow as a cross country runner.
What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
The biggest obstacle to overcome was trying to balance multiple things at once. Being in AP classes, doing multiple sports, having a job, and being in band made it very difficult to free time which got tiresome. Specifically with marching band, it was hard for me to make time for both and splitting practices each day, but we found a way to make it work out.
What will you miss the most?
The thing that I will miss the most is all the laughs and long runs and deep talks that I had with my teammates and coaches. Everyday seemed to bring something new and exciting. Running gave all of us a break from our stressful lives. My teammates were more like brothers to me, and I'll miss them as we go out separate paths.
Do you have any advice for younger athletes?
Don't take any days off. Missing one day of practice takes two days to gain it back. Also, listen to everything that your coach has to say, whether he is young or old, because 100% of the time he knows what he is talking about.
What are your post-high school or college plans?
After high school, I plan on attending the University of Kentucky to study Music Education or attend a smaller school to run while studying Music Education.
Who would you like to say thank you to?
The people I would like to thank the most are Coach Isaac and Coach Tallent who have molded me into the person and runner that I am today. They gave up time, money, and personal ambitions to allow me to accomplish my goals and desires as a runner. I would also like to give a huge thanks to all my teammates over the past four years who have pushed me every day to be the best that I can be. They were the best teammates and friends they could have ever been.