About 3 years ago you could always find my little sister Natalie on the couch reading a book and snacking away. She is very intelligent and good at her school work. My older sister wanted to run a 10k the summer after her Freshman year and convinced Natalie to start training with her. They started with small jogs around their circle, and eventually she ran the 10k and actually finished it. One thing led to another that summer and she started running on the East High Cross Country team that Fall.
As soon as she joined the team, she realized how much she liked it. She made good friends and her times just kept on improving over the years. Now she is a Senior, ready to graduate and she is dominating the track! She has set multiple records and is beyond excited to continue her career running at BYU next year. In fact, the last race, which was the BYU Invitational, Natalie and the other top 3 finishers of the 1 and 2 mile races will all be running at BYU next year. I bet the coach is going to love that! Right now they are all competing, but come next fall, they will be on the same team tearing it up, well running it up.
All of these record times have been in the newspapers this weekend. You can read about them HERE and HERE. I love this one part where it says:
"What was done here today is unprecedented. Never in all my years watching this event, or any event, have I seen something like this. The runners you saw out there today are the best in state history and you may never see something like this happen again."
The BYU track Coach said, "The runners you saw out there today are the best in state history and you may never see something like this happen again."
How cool is that? All of our family has been joking about how we could write a book about how Natalie got into running and call it - 'From Couches and Cupcakes to Races and Relays'. Ha ha ha!
Go Nat! We will be cheering for you at State this week and then off to Nationals and BYU, wahoo!! Rip it up out there!