I am a freshman from West Springfield High School (VA) who qualified and
competed in Nike Outdoor Nationals. This being my first track season I
did pretty well getting my mile (1600) time down to 5:15. Before states
my coaches entered me into the Freshman Mile so I would get a chance to
race in a big meet. I was excited to find out I made it in and traveled
down with my coach and teammates Thursday morning. My race was late
Saturday afternoon so I got to relax and watch other races. When I was
watching I was amazed that there were so many fast runners going
unbelievable times. My first reactions were, Wow, I feel really slow.

Saturday came and my mile didn't go as well as I hoped, and I ended up finishing near the end (23rd out of 28). I was disappointed in myself and knew if I wanted to make it individually next year I would have to drop a lot of time. But after seeing some of the other athletes race earlier, it inspired me to train harder and be more dedicated next year so I could be in their position.

For not racing well I am pleased I went to Nike Outdoor Nationals because I felt that it was a great experience for young runners like me to get a feel for a big meet and realize if you want to become a nationally ranked runner you are going to have to step up your game so you can aspire to become one.