<p> It was a great 2012-2013 in both cross country and track across the Bayou State. Many of our seniors will soon be on their way to start their college careers both athletically and academically so we wanted to salute them one more time in this special feature.</p>
What was your most memorable race?
When I look back on my running career the race that stands out the most is the cross country district meet my senior. We weren't expected to do as good as we did but the whole team ran an amazing race and it paid off. It wasn't my PR but it definitely felt like the hardest I ever pushed myself in a race.
Who would you consider your biggest competition over your four years?
Coming from the district I did there was definitely no shortage of competition when it comes to distance running. Our goal as a team was always to do as well in district as we could and the guys I was always competing with were the guys from Northshore, St. Paul's, and Mandeville. Also, I always competed with the St. Thomas guys, because I have run with some of them for years. But like any distance runner my biggest competition is myself and pushing myself to do my best.
What was your greatest accomplishment?
Although it might not seem like much for some, being recruited to run in college is my greatest accomplishment. When I was younger it was something that felt so unattainable, but it was one of my senior goals and I am so proud I made it happen.
If you could do it all over again what would you change about your running career in high school?
If I could do high school cross country over again I would try harder freshman year, when I was younger I don't think I realized my full potential. I believe that's is something that many young runners struggle with.
What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
Honestly, the most difficult obstacles to overcome were the little injuries.
What will you miss the most?
The one thing I'll miss most about running in high school is the people. My team and coaches are like a family to me. I think that's why I love the sport so much, because I know these are people I'll be close to for the rest of my life.
What advice you would give to younger athletes?
Younger runners should always remember to be patient. Becoming a better distance runner takes time and dedication, just always push yourself and it will come in time.
What influence has your coach had with respect to your performance and overall life goals?
My coach has had more influence on me than I can describe. She has obliviously had a big impact on Ponchatoula cross country in the past four years and there is no way I would have made it to where I am today with out her. It seemed like she always knew the right thing to do or say to help me not only with my running but with anything I needed.
What are your college plans?
For college I am attending ULM, running on their cross country and track teams, and studying biology with hopes of becoming a radiologist.
Who would you like to say thank you to?I'd like to thank my family for always supporting me. All my teammates and coaches from St. Joseph who got me started running in junior high. But most importantly, coach Jennifer and my whole Ponchatoula cross country family, my life would not be the same without these great people.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Look out for Ponchatoula this year, boys and girls. They have been putting in work all summer and both teams will be something special this season.