After all of the sacrificing, hard work, and sweating it took, four student-athletes became All Americans following the recent 2018 New Balance Indoor Nationals to end off the 2018 indoor track season.
Becoming All American is considered a very big deal in the track world and those athletes are some of the most recognized high school athletes in the country. Senior Elias Boussouf, senior Nathan Phillips, junior Noelani Phillips, and junior Cyan Peoples became All American in the mixed 4×400 relay event.
This is a memorable achievement for all of the athletes. Noelani Phillips says “It was an amazing experience because all the hard work I put in during the year and season finally paid off.” She also adds, “It felt great to win with my team and to see how much speed I gained and my progression from where I started.
The moments leading up to the accomplishment were stressful for the team. They were in heat one of five heats, which meant they would have to wait after their race for four heats to know their final place in the event.
Nathan Phillips says “We were on our toes the whole time while we were watching the other teams. When I found out we were all Americans, I couldn’t believe it. We all started jumping up and down and snapping the moment on our phones.”
The process of becoming an All American is nowhere near easy. It requires a lot of hard work, dedication, and commitment. The team starts practicing before the season starts, having workouts in the fall to condition before the indoor season
Noelani Phillips says “We condition and train right into the start of Indoor season which starts in November and ends in March, then I go right into outdoor season almost immediately which ends in the middle of June. I also train throughout the summer with my coach and teammates.”
The grind never truly stops for the track stars, and although they just accomplished a major feat on the indoor track, they are getting right back to it on the outdoor track, using the All American status as motivation to get even better.
Boussouf states “The accomplishment obviously feels pretty good, but the truth is, it changed my perspective more than anything. Since indoor nationals, I’ve become hungrier than ever, and I hope to bring home some championships outdoors.” The next big meet for the team is Penn Relays on April 28.
The team is happy but not satisfied, to say the least. Nathan Phillips says “Overall it felt amazing, but now I can’t live in the past. It’s time to do it again this outdoor season in both a relay and individually.”