Angely Philip

Running is truly a joy for junior Angely Philip. When the shot rings out and the race starts, “I feel an adrenaline rush; I feel like I’m running for my team,” she said.

Angely, who started running track at West Side last year, initially joined to stay in shape for soccer season. “Soccer started out as my main sport, but I’m starting to put track as one of my priorities,” she explained, “I grew into love for it.”

Her love definitely shows through since she is one of the fastest runners on West Side’s team.

Philip participates in running events including the 100 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles, and the 4X100 and 4X400 relays. “My favorite is the four by one relay,” she said.

The runner finds that preparing physically and mentally improves her performance on the track and in each race. “I start out by eating well,” she said and explained that she makes sure to do so not just the day of the meet, but in the days prior also. “On the way to the meet I listen to my workout songs,” she explained. “After I come to a track meet I loosen up. I keep on telling myself to relax before a race, because I run faster when I’m relaxed.”

Some physical warm-ups include running a couple laps around the track and two-starts in which the athletes take starting positions and practice jumping two of the hurdles at full speed. “The coaches watch us and give us tips on how we can improve,” she explained.

So how does the team look this year? “We have a pretty good team… This year we have some really good newcomers, and we have solid relay teams,” Angely reported. The team beat their opponent, Benton Central, by a landslide last Thursday.

A closing remark from the athlete? “I encourage everyone to come and support track,” she said.

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