Track meets are very stressful. Any competitive game is stressful. I don’t know how athletes deal with it. The first time I had a track meet was when I was in sixth grade and I was nervouse and excited all day. We were going to be competing against MES. People told me that it was going to be ok and that they weren’t good and all. Even though that helped a little, it didn’t make all the nervousness go away. The end of the day finally came and we went.
It was a really short ride because the school was really close. We had already changed while we were at school so we didn’t have to change. We went to the track they had there and it seemed pretty small compared to the one we had at school. The track was blue, which was pretty unusual. The people we were competing against seemed okay. The first race I had was 800m. I was really nervous at the start because I also had to compete with the high schoolers. This race was the most difficult out of all of them. I ended up getting second place, which was good.
The second race was 100m. They put us in four lines according to our grades. I was put by the seventh graders. Then the assistant coach, Mr. Dinnawi took me all the way back to the line with the 12 graders. I told him that I couldn’t do it, but he said I could. I was really nervous now because the girls were super tall. It was finally our turn and the whistle blew. I ran as fast as I could and I ended up getting first place! I was really happy and proud when I won. It was a great feeling. Then I knew why runners ran!
Journalist: Fisson Tibbo