I started running Cross Country when I was in 5th grade. It didn't take long for me to fall in love with the sport, but it wasn't until 11th grade that I got serious about running. I worked hard over those next few years and, after attending Brock University for a year, earned a scholarship to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. During my time there, I earned a number of accolades under the guidance of Coach Bill Gautier. My coach instilled in me a number of important values, which I have tried to work into my program here in Manchester. First of all, he taught me that true hard work and determination brings success. He always expected that we all did everything we could to, "be better tomorrow than you are today". Next, he taught me what it really meant to be a Student-Athlete, to keep my education and my future at the foremost and to, not give up on athletic dreams, but to strive to do my best in my sport and in the classroom. Finally, he showed me what it takes to develop a team that breeds successful, contributing members of society, who can also run startlingly fast.