I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where “heat, hills, and humidity” is the most common t-shirt slogan on most of the runners, and I think that captures it. I started from the bottom of the track and field scene, fighting to break 22 minutes my freshman year in high school, so it’s safe to say I wasn’t on many people’s radar, until I won two state titles my senior year in the mile and two-mile.
I was lucky enough to continue my running career at Clemson University where I was a teammate of FullSend founder Justin Lippert. I struggled mightily at Clemson until, tired of mediocrity, I made the reckless decision to hit 90+ mile weeks until I either got hurt real bad, or got good enough to make it worth it. That struggle taught me what it means to #Fullsend. My 3rd year at Clemson, I finally broke through at Florida relays, running a 30 second 5k PR for a 4th place finish in 14:09. I live for the once in a lifetime races where that magic happens, and I was lucky enough for lightning to strike twice my senior year, running 13:54 at Mt. Sac, and qualifying for NCAA’s for the best send-off a collegiate athlete can hope for.
I currently work full time as a mechanical engineer at Southern Company, as well as train with the Atlanta Track Club, which has made big moves to become one of the premier track clubs in the country. Along with that professional team is outreach to high school and middle school level runners to help develop a lifelong love for the sport. My sponsorship with Mizuno provides me with gear and shoes, and an opportunity to continue my FullSend as long as I can.