Hometown: Austin, TX
2023 USATF LA Grand Prix 3k Steeple, 1st
2023 Drake Relays 3k Steeple, 1st
2023 Dr. Sander Invitational Indoor 3k, 1st
2022 USATF Outdoor Championships 3k Steeple, 9th
2022 NCAA 3k Steeple, 4th
2022 NCAA Indoor Mile, 8th
2017 American JR record in the 3k Steeple (9:46)
2017 NCAA 3k Steeple runner-up
Q & A
Do you have a quote that guides, inspires, or embodies your training/racing/life?
Don’t complain about too much on your plate when the goal was to eat.
What was your favorite sport in middle school?
I played almost every sport in middle school (besides golf and tennis), and soccer was probably my favorite. I ran track and cross country at the time, but they weren’t super challenging so I enjoyed the team aspect and the challenges associated with soccer.
Can you share your first sports bra experience?
I honestly don't remember my first sports bra experience, but because I played so many sports growing up I wore sports bras before regular bras and still prefer them now haha.
What is your absolutely favorite piece of #flystyle and why?
Close tie between the Lux Bralette and the Basic Bird Shorts! I like how both can be worn to run or workout, and also worn casually.
How has your relationship with running evolved over the years?
I’ve always had a natural gift and affinity toward running. For example, when I was in the 6th grade I ran a 5:09 mile. I viewed running as something that was not forced and success found me most of the time. Now, after undergoing multiple injuries and crawling my way back to a high level of competition, I have a stronger appreciation for running. When I was younger I definitely took advantage of the ease that my body has with running, and I feel incredibly lucky to be healthy again and seeking out success.
If you could give one piece of advice to a 12 year old girl, what would it be?
It’s cliche, but you can do whatever and be whoever no matter what you look like, where you’re from, or who you are! I grew up loving a sport (distance running), where I didn’t fit “the mold,” and even now I still don’t. Despite that, I have paved my own path and used my uniqueness, independence, and resiliency to be successful.
What’s your first memory of running and why do you think it has stuck with you?
One of my first memories of running is with my mom. She used to train with a group, and I would go with her to their practices. I don’t remember a lot about what would go on at their practices, BUT I do remember running next to and with my mom. She introduced me to the sport.
Running makes me feel__________
Running makes me feel strong. I think runners tend to get caught up in mileage and numbers and results, so I try to remind myself that every little thing we do is impressive and requires strength. A light 20 minute run might sound unremarkable to us, but to a lot of people it's a huge feat.
What is your superpower?
When I was young my mom taught and instilled resiliency in me, and it’s my biggest superpower now. I have encountered many challenges throughout life, but have always come out the other end a better version of myself. From growing up in government assisted housing in a single-parent home to enduring a three-year seemingly endless injury cycle in college, I have relied on my resilience and used past hardships to overcome future obstacles.
What’s a message you would share with a younger you?
You can do it YOUR way, and still be successful. People are gonna try to tell you that you have to do it their way and give up a piece of you, but you don't have to. Don’t give up or give in and embrace the uniqueness you bring to the sport.
Sweet or savory?
Sweet. I have a terrible sweet tooth!
What do your rest days look like?
My rest days consist of a lot of lounging around haha. Ideally, I can sleep in, go pickup a coffee, make breakfast, then spend as much time as possible watching true crime or really bad reality TV shows.