Geneseo’s Hannah Waller recently returned from her trip to the USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships where she finished 28th out of 56 in the 400-meter hurdles in 1 minute and 6.70 seconds.
“Nationals were amazing,” said Waller.?“I got a personal record, but missed the semifinals by four spots. It is kind of disappointing, but I got 28th and I am pretty proud of that.”
Waller credits all her training she has been doing this summer with Trackmyspeed and Abraham Reed-Jones with her being able to compete at the national level.
“It would be impossible without all the work we put in to get there,” said Waller. “There are a lot of naturally talented athletes there who put in the work. Without all my hard work, I would not have gotten there on natural talent.
“It was an amazing atmosphere and so cool to see how many athletes there were there and truely talented athletes.”
Even though see didn’t make the finals, Waller stayed to watch the finals to gain experience and learn what she needs to do.
“Staying for the finals and seeing the competition for next year just makes me want to work harder,” she said.
“It was definitely a learning experience, and I went to nationals expecting exactly what happened. It was an eye opener, but I enjoyed every part.”
Waller said the training she has done over the summer has definitely boosted her abilities to the next level and she has no regrets because she has seen how far she has come.
Waller, who also is a member of the Geneseo High School volleyball team, has had to put volleyball on the back burner, while training for nationals, but she believes the training she did this summer will also be beneficial in volleyball.
“I knew it had it in me and I would have rather went for something instead of wondering what could have happened,” she said. “I still have a lot of training and now I know what I need to do to do it.”
Waller will continue her training again in October with her Trackmyspeed club team, which will be three days a week and she plans attend training sessions in Champaign once a month during school.
“This was a great experience,” said Waller.