By: Amanda Corbosiero, junior, Women’s Track & Field
It’s been exactly one decade since I first started running. I don’t come from a family of runners nor do I even have a single person in my family who can run fast. It started when all the reluctant fifth graders were gathered outside to partake in the mile run for our physical fitness test. I was one of those fifth graders who ended up beating all the boys and girls by quite a large margin. After that I had a couple of people come up to me, including my grandpa, saying you should join the track team so that’s exactly what I did.
I was the kind of girl who played every sport when I was little. I could run up and down the basketball court the fastest, and back and forth on the soccer field but once I got to the ball I wasn’t too good after that. Track was something I excelled at and I decided to drop all my other sports and just stick to something I was good at. I started off with recreational elementary school track and then decided I wanted to get more competitive so I took part in AAU and USATF meets throughout the state, region, and even went on to nationals and was an All-American a couple of times.
In high school, I had some amazing memories I will never forget. Being the top freshman in our State Meet of Champions and, at the time, running one of the fastest times in state history at our state course was an amazing feeling. My senior year of high school, I will never forget anchoring my DMR team to an Eastern Regional title and running the fastest time in the country. It was all amazing and it solidified why I do this sport.
My favorite moment so far though, was qualifying for the first round of NCAA’s in the 1,500 last outdoor track season. Standing on the starting line next to some of the top girls in the nation and knowing that I am one of those girls too was so gratifying. I always knew that I was capable of it, my coaches, teammates, and parents got me to where I am today, but to be able to experience it as a sophomore in college has fueled my fire for my upcoming seasons. This year I am ready to accomplish so much more than I did the year before, my expectations are higher and my goals are higher. I can’t wait for what indoor and outdoor season has in store and I am positive that our team is going to be turning quite few heads on the track this year.