This week I finally began to feel like myself again. I’ve been looking forward to running a race this season where I really focused in and pushed myself all the way to the end.
Since freshman year, The Pan Ram Invitational has always been my favorite meet. It was the first meet I ever medaled at and my first experience with high school track & field. Running there on Saturday felt right despite how physically exhausted and sleep deprived I was.
Beginning Friday night at 7 p.m. and ending Saturday morning at 7 a.m., my school hosted a Mini-Thon to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund. I participated in this event all night even though I had to run at 10:30 a.m. the next day. It was definitely worth it in the end. We raised $56,180.84 in an effort to conquer childhood cancer. This was a record-breaking amount of money for our school and I couldn’t be more proud.
Noah Alejandro, Drew Roman and Olivia Taverna also danced all night and ran in the morning as well. It was a successful meet and an even more successful night. I placed fourth in the 100, Noah took fifth in the 100 and Drew got fifth in the 200.
During the week, we had a dual meet against Bishop McDevitt. The boys won and the girls lost. After this disappointing loss the whole team spent the week practicing hard in preparation for our next meet. It is really important to always put losses behind you and focus instead on what you can do to improve from not only an individual standpoint, but a team standpoint as well.