Salute to Seniors: Emma Aldred (American Fork)

Emma Aldred was one of the top female hurdlers in the State of Utah.  She was the State Champion in the 100mH and 300mH and her mark of 14.73 from the State meet is the new 6A State Record!  Emma has had a great season and she managed to get a new PR in all of her events and even set a new school record of 44.74 in the 300mH.

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What was your most memorable race/throw/jump/vault/moment?

Mine for sure would be my 300H race at state this year. I just remember going into it knowing that this could be anyone's race. Going through the first part of the race I felt strong and on the straight away it was close between me, Hillcrest, and Syracuse. I just kept running my own race, never broke hurdle form and just pushing to the finish. I remember passing the finishing line and as I past the finish line I was smiling! I thought to myself "I did it" and I knew right then that nobody could ever take that feel away from me.

Who would you consider your biggest competition over your four years?

Over the last 3 years I would say my competition has been different ranging from my own teammates, to Ally Gomm, Katrina Broadhead, and Lindsey Middleton. But I never saw these girls has competition. They were my friends. They were the ones that helped me push myself to where I am today.

What was your greatest accomplishment?

If you could do it all over again what would you change about your running career in high school?

If I could do it all over again I would live in the moment. 

What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?

My biggest obstacle was myself. Sports always come with physical pain but also mental. I don't think I was ever mentally strong until my senior year. My sophomore and junior year I had a lot of self doubt and never actually believed in myself. But I've learned that in order to achieve your goals you need to see them and picture it actually happening for them to become a reality.

What will you miss the most?

Track meets were always the best and fun but I will definitely miss practicing with my teammates. From the inside jokes to wanting to die from the workout and everything in between. Those days are what I'll miss the most.

What advice would you give to younger athletes?

Always, always try your hardest. Everyday won't always be easy and sometimes you will lose a race but as long as you are trying and working hard the rest will workout.

What influence has your coach had with respect to your performance and overall life goals?

I've had the most incredible coach these past 3 years. His name is Brett Myrup and I would not be were I am today without him! He has put in hours and hours of his time to help improve technique, coach extra practices, and even help me in math. He has never given up on me and has always encouraged me. I'm a great hurdler without a doubt because of him.

What are your college plans?

My plan for college is to run at Southern Utah University! Can't wait to be a T-Bird!!!

Who would you like to say 'thank you' to?

I would like to say thank you to my number 1 supporters my mom and dad. From my mom rolling out my legs to my dad waking me up Saturday mornings to workout. They have put in the same amount of work that I've had to do. I love them and couldn't be more thankful for them. I would also like to thank my teammates for always encouraging me. I would like to thank the girls I was able to run with. My friends who don't know much about track but never failed to come and watch me at my races. Thank you to my coaches who put in so so much of their time to push us to become better. I would like to thank my older sister Corin. She honestly the best and I look up to her so much. So thank you High School Track for filling my life with memories I'll never forget.