It was at Xavier High School, where I decided I was past my prime in baseball after being cut during freshman baseball tryouts. I wished to remain close to the sport for a future career and looked towards becoming a major league baseball beat writer. I wrote for the sports desk of The Xavier Review, while staying active by running for the track team as a sprinter.
In college, I would make the transition from a sprinter to a distance runner in an effort to avoid gaining fifteen pounds in my first year, which is commonly referred to as the "freshman 15." I began reading more about running and started following track-and-field on the high school, college, and professional level. By the time the 2012 Olympic Games in London arrived, I felt knowledgeable enough to be an analyst and shared my thoughts on Twitter often.
I would often watch the athletics races live on the internet and not wait for it to be tape-delayed for primetime on NBC. Watching Galen Rupp win the silver medal in the 10,000-meter run is a memory that will stick with me, because it was the moment in which American distance emerged back on the scene since the days of Steve Prefontaine.
After the Olympics, Flotrack blessed me with the opportunity to interview Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix, fresh off winning three gold medals in London, at the top of the Empire State Building. I was given one minute to ask two questions, but managed to squeeze in four quick questions in my allotted time. The video was uploaded to the site and has garnered over 3,000 views. Interviewing an Olympic gold medalist was the highlight of my Summer and is my proudest moment of my journalistic career thus far.
I write about the New York Yankees for the news and analysis site, Stirring Straw, which I launched in the winter of 2011. The dream of becoming a Major League beat writer has been tweaked with the passion of running now flowing through my veins. I plan to launch a new site titled "Running Sons", which will track all Xavier High School alums running in college and beyond. I am hoping this seminar in journalism will help be further my career as a sports writer.