Cross country is perhaps the greatest activity I have gotten into in my life. I love to run, I’m sure if any of my high school classmates were reading this now, they would agree that the best definition of my high school self would be “runner”. To be quite honest with you, I may have been borderline obsessive in high school, but don’t all aspiring freshman runners dream of being the next Steve Prefontaine?
Cross country played a big role in my decision to come to the Academy. I knew I wanted to continue running after high school and get one more chance at fulfilling unfulfilled potential, and Division III athletics was the perfect option. The plague of injuries I encountered in high school limited my choice of running collegiately to smaller schools, but with what I have experienced now, I know the Coast Guard Academy is the best choice I made in that regard. Since attending the Academy, I have already whipped myself into better shape than my best shape in high school. Not to mention, the team camaraderie here is fantastic, and as I’ve said countless amount of times, expect great things to come with this young group of contenders, fighters, and runners.
This past season was great. At the NEWMACS conference meet, our guys placed 4th as a team and the girls placed 5th. It was a good day and this year I was fortunate to be able to move on to ECACs the following week. In a freezing cold showdown for the final 7th spot on the team, my roommate Stephen Horvath and I battled it out till the end, with him wining the final spot and myself earning a free trip to regionals as an alternate. Throughout the course of the season I improved my 8K time by three minutes, so even though I didn’t get to run at regionals as that 7th man, I’m happy with how the season ended. Now it’s on to indoor track, and I’m expecting a great season for all of us, one full of exhausting long runs, blazing repeats, and numerous PRs. Oh how fun it’ll be!
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