I am Melissa I am 16, I live in Connecticut and I am a junior in high school. I run and am captain of the cross country and both indoor and outdoor track teams at my school. Running is my passion, and i really really love it!
After I graduate high school, I hope to go into the coast guard and serve my country. It is my dream to be out on a boat protecting the waters!
I love boating, photography, writing, art, long boarding and of course running! I would love to get to know anyone on here so feel free to message me whenever you want! :)
Heres a bit more about my running!:
Freshman year of high school i started out playing softball for my school, I trained and lifted all year for it and was extremely excited for it. I had been playing softball since i was about 4 starting out with T-ball and moving up through travel league. I was actually very serious about the game.
As a Sophomore my softball coach who noticed my speed in my freshman season last year encouraged me to join indoor track to work on my endurance and becoming even faster. When i actually reluctantly joined the team, i fell in love with running. It was the best of both worlds, I was great at the sport, I loved the team, all of my best friends were on the team, and the coach was great. In indoor track I was a sprinter running the 55m the 300m the 4x200m relay, and the second 200m leg in the 1600SMR relay. I loved it. I made it to states in the 55m, and both of my relays, and our SMR was in line to get a medal. But as the season was coming to an end i started to have a horrible pain in the top of my foot. I knew the pain kept getting worse but i knew that i couldn’t rest or take a break because i needed to stay in shape for states. Because of that i didn’t tell anyone how bad it hurt. When i was running in states i got through my first event which was the 4x200m and then when i was warming up for my 55m my foot hurt so much that i was trying to keep off of it and not use i as much. I was doing a high skips warm up and trying to land on my foot so it didn’t hurt i landed on the side of my foot and heard a loud “POP”. I collapsed and grasped my sprained ankle in pain. Although my ankle hurt, nothing made me cry more than when my coach came in to tell me that he had scratched me from the rest of my events. The team had brought an alternate in for the SMR and she ran fast enough for the team to come in 6th place and score a medal. And the kindest thing that anyone has ever done in the world for me is after she won the medal she gave it to me. It was the most emotional and best thing anyone has ever done for me.
After my indoor season I really loved track, it had its ups and downs, and left me with a sprained ankle but I loved it. So after many long and hard hours of thinking, then thinking again, I decided to quit softball and join the outdoor track team. It was a hard decision. But with the help of my coach, teammates, and family I made the decision. And i sure made the right decision. I felt that track was the right thing for me, and that i could gain more from track in my life. Running was something that I knew i could do for hopefully the rest of my life.
Outdoor season sophomore year I ran the 4x1 relay, the 100m and the 200m and I made it to states in all of them. It was a great season and I loved every minute of it. My team did great. I really learned the meaning of sportsman ship this year. Also even though track is considered to be an individual sport, I learned the meaning of sportsman ship too.
This year as a junior I also joined Cross Country. At first i just ran it to stay in shape for track, but i also started liking it. I got voted as captain for next year and i am now looking forward to that!
Next came indoor track which was a really great season for out team altogether! I even got to be a part of our 4x200 relay which broke our school record! I had a bit of a set back by getting a concussion at the end of the season before states but now i am ready to go into outdoor strong! I was proud to be captain of such a great team this season! Being a captain is one of the achievements that I am most proud of in my life! Being a captain is a big responsibility but it is one that i am very willing to take on!
Now at the start of outdoor season I’m very excited to be back into the groove of running after having a concussion but i know this season will be a success!
Heres a list of some if my personal records!
Last updated on: 3/17/13