Over the last two weeks, I have had to ask myself: “What does William and Mary Track and Field mean to me?” Is it the All-Americans we have had? The NCAA Champions? No, because to me, this program represents family and trust. Every time I race in the W&M singlet, I give everything I have. When I see my teammates compete, I trust them to give even more. When I have a bad race, I know that my team, my family, will be there to pick me back up.
The familial aspect of this program reaches much farther than the current team, however. The alumni support to reinstate the program has been unbelievable and extremely humbling. I had no idea that so many people cared for this team with such love and enthusiasm. Cutting the program will destroy everything that those before us worked for: family and trust.
Through track and field at William and Mary I have met my best friends whom I will cherish for life. My coaches have become close mentors and have guided me through this crucial, transitional point in my life. The fight to reinstate this program is more than to chase times or add titles to the wall. The fight for this program is about preserving the opportunity to build bonds and create memories that will last a lifetime. My teammates are family, and I will always fight for them.