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August 14, 2020

Track and Field | Colorado Buffalo Track Athlete Offers a bit of Advice

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I am an athlete that has played a multitude of sports; for me, track is unique and challenging. I find it to be a mental sport; you must have the mental toughness to participate, and if you don’t, then don’t waste your time. 

You must train your mind and body to accept a level of physical strife. You have a matter of minutes, sometimes seconds, to deliver. There is no next play or funky statistics to help decipher who played better. It’s very cut and dry- who can run the fastest on that given day. 

A #1 seed can come into nationals and clip a hurdle, creating an upset that no one saw coming. This mental game is what track athletes must master and then re-master every time they get behind the line. 

Tip One: 

The first piece of advice that I would give future recruits is you will have to fuel your body differently at the college level. Drinking water and limiting desserts isn’t enough. Not having parents around means you are on your own, and you have to figure out how you’re going to get healthy meals and snacks during and around your classes and practices. 

I would recommend you practice cooking a few healthy meals before you start college. This means eating well-balanced meals, including vegetables, protein, fruits, grains, and appropriate amounts of healthy fats. 

Tip Two:

Academically, I was lucky enough to attend a high school that had a structured plan to help students prepare for college. With this said, I would recommend that you master your organizational and management skills. Every year I invest in a cute planner who, in turn, becomes my child and mental savior. 

On the track, what has allowed me to be successful is my constant drive and eagerness to learn. I force myself to be a sponge soaking in all the tips that my coaches, teammates, and even competitors give me. As cliché as it sounds, I’ve learned to trust the process. 

I can relate to wanting to be the best right off the bat and be nationally known, but patience is a virtue. Everyone hits their peaks at different points. I’ve found excitement knowing that I am far from my best, far from leaving the legacy that I want to leave at Colorado. But I work very hard to achieve the goals I set for myself. 

The University of Colorado Boulder believed in me when I was an average sprinter coming out of high school. The coaching staff saw my potential that many schools overlooked. My coaches wanted to build with me, and they continue to demand more out of me, even when I think I have exhausted everything. We celebrate accomplishments, but only for a short time, then it’s back to the grind to conquer the next goal at hand. That’s the beauty of being a collegiate track athlete. That’s the beauty of being a Colorado Buffalo.