INTRODUCTION: Credibility: So first off, my names hayley bemis but everyone calls me bemis, even all my teachers. Attention getter: In middle school, I would always run with the boys in track, which is weird because I never did well in middle school meets, but I was always as fast as the boys. When I got to high school I was so scared that I wasn’t going to be fast at all, but I was wrong because I was one of the fastest girls on the team and was on varsity all 4 years.
I had a unique beginning to organized running. I may be one of a very small handful of people that can claim that their first high school cross country practice was on the same day as their first high school cross country race. When I was in middle school, I couldn’t wait to go to high school. Not for the academic opportunities, not for the social prospects, but to play sports.
My work ethic was transformed. I began practicing harder and running even we did not have practice. I started running all of practice and rarely walking during our 20 to 40-minute runs. I would run like I did in meets and that helped me learn how to pace myself better. I learned how to keep the speed I was running at for the entire race.
Freshmen year was a rude awakening of what I was getting myself into. Coach Smolder was the toughest coach I have ever had. Our first day of practice we had to run 66, 40 yard sprints and I did all that just to start kickoff return on a 7-3 playoff football team, but I was the only freshmen to start. Sophomore year came around and it was a great learning experience because I started offensive line and played over ¾ of the game at defensive end which was weird because I’ve always played middle linebacker. I suppose everyone was in a sophomore slump because that year we were mediocre, going 5-5, but I was the only sophomore to play and I even picked up a fumble and ran it in for a 43 yard touchdown, it was our best game if the year.
He started running competitively when he saw a medal and decided he wanted to win it. Glenn was much smaller than the other boys in the race, but he beat them all and won first place. Soon after winning the race the high school track coach asked the young winner to join the team (Aaseng 13). By the time Glenn was a junior in high school, he had competed in many races and decided to go to nationals in Chicago, Illinois. He won with a time of 4:24, setting a record for the fastest high school mile.
Within a single hour he set new world records in the 220-yard sprint, the 220-yard hurdles, and the long jump, and tied the world record in the 100-yard dash. (“Jesse Owens”). Towards the end of and after college Jesse was ready to try for the Olympics. In 1932, he failed to win a place on the United States Olympic squad, but by the time he had finished high school, in 1933, he had won much acclaim as a track athlete of extraordinary promise. (Borden).
Nothing could have prepared me for how rigorous the practices were. I suddenly felt extremely inferior and disappointed that I could not even make it through the warm ups let alone the actual practice. Team overall was very friendly but the upperclassmen
Nothing was extraordinary about my life. I was just a normal ninth grader on the junior varsity cross country team. My times were not that great, so I had no intention of running varsity at all. We had a Saturday meet at Walker, but only the top seven varsity girls were going to compete.
A bitter-sweet story of my childhood was in half day kindergarten we had a meeting with our parents and the teacher at the end of the year and the first two kids to get to her classroom got a fish. I was the first and I got fish and its name was Snowflake. I died about two weeks later so me and my mom went to Walmart and bought a new one.
That 's where Glenn comes in, he 's been my best friend since we were five. He 's my motivation, he keeps me going and pushes me out of my comfort zone. I woke up to the smell of eggs and bacon cooking, which was odd because I live alone other than with my cat Felix. I walk around the corner to see Glenn. That 's no surprise to me, he has done this before when I get into these depressed times.
Repetitions are faster, longer, and more intense. In the senior’s final year, the goal is to win state one last time. Originally, our freshman year, the goal was to win state four years in a row; It was evident that goal would be hard to achieve, but knowing that made us work with more tenacity than ever before. This last cross country season is a bit of a redemption race for my team. November 7th is the last opportunity to show Missouri what Sainte Genevieve Cross Country is capable of.
High school is where he started to compete in track and field. While in high school Tyson raced and raced. Later, Tyson beats the school record on 100 meter race beating with 10.46 second. After finishing high school Tyson could not go to his choice of college (Division 1 sport college) because of his grades when he finished high school. He was focusing on racing than learning.
With my relay team stretched,warmed up, and ready to go, we headed towards the stadium where we would race against the fastest girls in the nation. Intimidated but not deterred we headed out of Tent City and into the gates of Turner Stadium. Knowing this was my last race I would run with my close friends and relay team, being it 's the last race of the season and we all weren’t going to be in the same age group next year, I had a whole new mind set. I was constantly thinking, “we have to make top ten because we can make top ten.” “We have the times, we have the strength, we have the speed, we just need to have the guts to walk in there like we are going to shred the track into pieces.
We all celebrate our exciting moment of victory, but months later the tryouts for the summer travel team would happen. The fun-filled first day was also nerve-wracking, but we all have each other like a family. Then, the next day of tryouts with starting sprints and stretching. Next, the contact portion - tackling with passing - came upon us faster than we thought. The first times through the drill went well, but it’s finally my turn after waiting in line.