Athlete of the week: Haley Irwin

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photo contributed by Haley Irwin

Junior Haley Irwin is a junior on the varsity indoor track team. Irwin broke a school record by three seconds in an event during a recent meet.

Junior Haley Irwin is a member of the varsity indoor track team.

What events do you compete in?

“I compete in the 1000 meter, 4×8 relay and 4×4 relay for indoor track,” Irwin said.

What is your favorite thing about track?

“My favorite thing about track is the competitive aspect of it,” Irwin said. “I’m very competitive, and I like a challenge, so I get excited when there’s good competition.”

When did you start playing this sport?

“I started running indoor track last year, so it’s my second season,” Irwin said.

Were you good when you first started?

“When I first started, I wasn’t terrible; I would usually place within the top three during races, but I had a lot of room for improvement,” Irwin said.

Do you have any post-meet rituals?

“After every meet, I’ll always reflect on my performance and ask myself if I left it all out there on the track and ran my hardest. I will also set a goal for the next meet,” Irwin said.

How do you prepare for a big meet?

“I usually start preparing for big meets three to four days prior to them by staying hydrated and watching what I eat. I also create a plan for what time I should be running to win the race and compare my times with those that I will be competing against,” Irwin said. “Most importantly, I try to keep a positive mindset on meeting and surpassing my goals that I have for that meet.”

Do you still enjoy the sport years after you started?

“I still love running just as much as I did when I first started, if not more now,” Irwin said. “It’s not easy, but I like the challenge that it brings. There’s always room for improving, and I enjoy seeing myself continuously making progress and getting better.”

How do you manage school and a varsity sport?

“It’s often overwhelming trying to manage school and track because I usually don’t get home until about 6 p.m.,” Irwin said. “I have to stay very organized and manage my time wisely every night, so I’m not up all night working on homework.”

What has been your biggest accomplishment? 

“My biggest accomplishment would probably be breaking the school record that hadn’t been broken in almost 10 years,” Irwin said.

How does it feel to break the school record?

“It feels really surreal breaking the school record,” Irwin said. “I never envisioned that I would be able to, especially since I just started running last year. Going into my most previous meet, I knew that I was two seconds off from breaking it, but my main goal was to just qualify for states, which I was less than a second off. When I qualified for states and broke the school record by three seconds all in the same meet, it was the best feeling and felt so rewarding to see all of the hard work pay off.”