By Kylie Regan
Being a Division I student-athlete has provided my teammates and I with a wide range of opportunities—traveling to new places is just one of the many! This past weekend, we were fortunate enough to compete out in Sacramento, California. The trip gave us great exposure to DI runners outside of the Southeast Region, as we were the only eastern school to compete at the invitational. Just as important, we were also exposed to beautiful scenery and had a chance to create unforgettable memories as a team. The cool thing about this 2016 season is that our team strength is truly our depth, which means that everyone’s performance matters. Therefore, we gave it our all in CA to race together side-by-side and push each other from the start to the end of the race. In the meantime, we have all bonded and created a positive team environment.
Despite being very focused on having a successful race, spending a long weekend in California gave us time to not only mentally prepare for the gun to go off on Saturday morning, but also to relax and have some fun. Our Friday was highlighted by a running along the beautiful trails on the American River, followed by wading in the water to rejuvenate our legs. Once we had finished the race on Saturday, we all drove from Sacramento to San Francisco. Saturday night was filled with selfies at the Golden Gate Bridge, clam chowder and crab along the pier at Fisherman’s Wharf, and of course dessert at the original Ghirardelli Chocolate factory!
I feel blessed that competing at the college level has taken me to places I have never been before on the other side of the country. It was truly rewarding to be able to race well and have a lot of laughs with my teammates all at once. Opportunities like our California trip really reinforce our love for the sport and our eagerness to see the world!