Keeping Pace with Sarah Thomas

April 10, 2014

As the outdoor season continues, the expectations are rising. We are all working extremely hard in order to meet the goals that we set for ourselves. There are a few stumbling blocks that we have to get over in order for us to reach our goals; but, as long as we have each other, we can push each other to where we aspire to be. Without one another, we would crumble under the pressure.

One thing that I love about being on this team is the support and love that we show each other. The family environment that we possess makes it easier to get over any hurdle that this sport puts in our path. As a sprinter, the technicalities of my event get very frustrating. It is nice to have someone that not only relates to me, but helps me through it. No matter what I am going through, whether if it is on the track or off of the track, I can go to my teammates for support.

I have been a part of this team for four years, and I have seen it evolve into the family that we are now. I remember when I first became a member of the track and field team. The practices were more challenging than what I was used to, and I did not think that I was going to last. The only thing that I really wanted was someone to tell me that I can and will do well. I think about this whenever someone is becoming frustrated at practice or when someone is discouraged by a performance at a track meet. Sometimes all they need is the assurance that someone believes in them and gives them encouragement. My teammates provide this to one another.

It is a common misconception that track and field is an individual sport. This is true to a certain extent. Yes, we may compete individually, but we depend on each other to perform. Without my team, I would not have anyone to motivate me when I am discouraged. Without my team, I would have no one to vibe off of during competition. A team works together to achieve a greater goal, and that is exactly what we do. When times get hard on the track, I know that my teammates will be there to encourage me to keep working hard. These are the people that I spend most of my time with; they are where I find my encouragement and motivation.