Your personal best of 10.89 s, set at the 2021 NCAA Division I West Preliminary in College Station, Texas on 29 May 2021 in 100m? Tell us more about this exceptional achievement of yours?
As I look back at this day, I remember running the first round of the 100m and cruising a 10.99, which set the facility and meet record. When I noticed my time, I knew I was ready to run fast in the next round, however, the men competed in the semi-finals the next day and the weather was terrible for them. I realized the weather was likely going to be the same for the women. I remember telling myself “I knew I should’ve ran through the line” because I didn’t think I would get the opportunity to run faster in the next round due to the rain. However, the next day came and the weather was perfect. I ran in the last heat but the heat prior, I recall the announcer saying Kemba Nelson broke the meet record with a time of 10.98.
I remember zoning out the announcer and getting in the blocks with the mindset of executing my own race. Once the gun went off, I popped the blocks and by 30 meters I separated from the field. I didn’t see any other runners in my peripheral area but I made sure to run through the line. I was shocked to hear that I ran 10.89, which broke the facility record, meet record, my prior school record, and at the time was the #1 time in the NCAA. This achievement set the tone for my performance at the meet.
You won a Bronze medal in the 2019 Pan American Games at Lima in 4×100 m relays, Silver in the 2018 World U20 Championships in 100 m at Tampere, Finland, Silver in 100m, and Gold in 4×100 m relay at 2019 NACAC U23 Championships at Querétaro, Mexico, Gold in U.S. U20 Championships in100 m at Bloomington, Indiana, Gold in 4×100 m relay in 2021 NCAA Division at Eugene, Oregon. What is your opinion should be the traits in an athlete to be consistently successful as a world-class sprinter?
- Hard worker
- Goal Setter
- A Student of their sport (mainly their event)
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