When you're in the midst of a difficult stretch in a race, what do you do to help overcome it?

It's hard. I just try to clear my mind and think about what has gotten me to this point. Holding on to someone is easier — I can say, 'Just hold on to him for the race and trust your finish.' Last year at the county meet, I went out in the lead and cramped up and there was really nothing I could do there. So when you're in the lead, it's a little different. But any time, I just try to focus on 'OK, this 16 minutes may seem long, but 10 minutes from now you'll be finished.'

What's it like being a senior in high school?

It's passing by really fast. It kind of feels like I just started training over the summer and it's already the week of states. It's been a little more stressful than I would have liked, mainly because of the college decision. I'm probably going to be making my decision pretty soon where I will be running. So after my college decision is made, I know I'll be able to relax a little more and enjoy my senior year.

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What colleges are you considering?

My top three are Yale, Virginia Tech and Georgetown. I took official visits to all three and I liked different aspects of each, so it's really going to come down to balancing those positives of each school. I think whatever decision I make, I'll try to make the best of it. It's going to be a hard choice, but what I'm trying to think is I'm fortunate enough to have those choices — three really good schools.

What do you plan to study?

It really depends on the school. Virginia Tech, I'd probably go into engineering. Georgetown, it would be something in business or economics. That's another thing I have to weigh. With Virginia Tech, I could try engineering, and if I don't like it I still have other options. At Georgetown, there is no engineering, so it's a balance there to consider, too.


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