My Journey: from basketball to track

Updated: Mar 10

A lot of people know what I do and how I got to where I am, but I’ve never taken the time to write out the story… so here it is.

I was homeschooled. My mom was my teacher for a big part of my childhood. I didn’t attend public school until middle school! My parents wanted me and my older brother to be in a safer environment, where we would be able to focus on our education without any distractions. The plan was to homeschool us until high school, but we were both really involved in sports and ultimately, if we wanted to get exposure and get better, we needed to be in a more competitive environment than just leagues around town. So, I started school in 6th grade, where I towered over everyone being 12 years old and 5’8″. That was funny in pictures.

As for my basketball career, I started playing on the varsity team as a 7th grader, and began making a big impact on the team my 8th grade year. Around this time, I began receiving college interest from Division 1 schools. I spent my summers traveling and playing EYBL tournaments, which are high exposure tournaments to give players opportunities to be seen by college coaches. I dedicated most of my childhood to basketball. My high school team ended up having a lot of success, making it to state for the first time in school history in 35 years my sophomore year. Then proceeded to make it to state 3 years in a row. I had been playing basketball my whole life, and truly thought it was something I would continue doing in college.

I visited Division 1 schools, but never fell in love with any of them and something about it never felt right. I loved the game, but part of me was feeling called to move on. My senior year came quick and I felt lost. I wasn’t committed to a school to play the sport I had grown up doing, and I didn’t know where else to turn. As the year went on I was playing games and having a fairly good senior season. I received the Region 11 Tournament MVP, which was a big honor for me. I also had the honor of playing in the Kentucky Indiana All-Star Series, an honor only about ten girls in the state experience each year. Still though, I hadn’t committed anywhere, nor did I feel in my heart that I wanted to.

With just a few short weeks left until graduation, I decided to run track. It was my last year of high school and I knew I wouldn’t get another opportunity to do it, so I figured, “why not?”

I looked forward to each weekend because it was an opportunity for me to improve my times. I competed in the 200 meter dash and the 400 meter dash, as well as the sprint relays all season. Since I had only been running such a short time, I didn’t know a lot about what to expect. It was so new and exciting, I was just going out and running. I didn’t really know how to use to starting blocks or what was considered “good running form.”

Crossing the finish line during the 400 meter dash at the Kentucky High School State Track Meet.

The season flew by. The week before high school graduation, I walked away with a state champion title in the 400 meter dash, as well as the 4×100 meter relay. I also got runner up in the 200 meter dash. The next week was a whirlwind. I visited several colleges for track, and decided to commit to Western Kentucky University to continue running.

Things took another turn though. I didn’t want this to be too long so I’m going to break things up. In my next post, I’ll continue talking about my journey and my transfer to the University of Kentucky and what my transition has been like!

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