At what point did you realize you could run in college?
“It was my junior year. That was the breakout year for me. Since my sophomore year I was the top runner on the team, but in my junior year when I started placing higher, I started to realize I was better than I thought I was. Then I started getting letters from college coaches.”
What was your recruiting process like?
“I talked with most schools in the state. I didn’t really want to go out of state. It was just different when I toured BYU. It was really nice.”
“I came down to BYU at the beginning of November near the signing period and I toured the athletic facilities as well as the school.”
Why did you choose BYU?
“I just really liked the atmosphere. I liked the girls and how they all got along. I really like the coaching staff. They were really nice, and they seemed to really understand the girls. I really liked the facilities. They were very nice and looked like they could take care of an athlete.”
What stood out about the school?
“BYU didn’t seem like the best option for me until I toured there. I really liked the spirituality of the school and how everything ties together with that. That was really important to me.”
What is your best event?
“I would like to think my best event is the 1600 meters.”
What is your strength as a runner?
“I think I’m really good at pacing myself, and at the end I usually have a pretty good kick too.”
What are your goals for your final year of high school track?
“I really want to break a five-minute mile and 11-minute two-mile and just get my times down from there.”
Mary is a senior at Timpanogos High School in Orem, Utah. She plans to join BYU’s team in the summer of 2015.