Salute To Seniors: Addi Bruening (Herriman)

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Name: Addi Bruening

School: Herriman

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

In my freshman year, I really wanted to break my school's freshman record in the 1600m. The whole season I tried to break it. I got super close several times but couldn't quite seem to hit it. At state, I shattered it by 6 seconds and I remember being on top of the world that day. Another huge race that was super memorable to me was my senior year cross country state. It was amazing to see everything come together for my final cross country state with the people and the sport I love.

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

I've had a lot of competition over my high school career. I think it's been pretty fun getting to race people like Avalon Mecham, Taylor Rohatinsky, Natalie Swain, Jane Hedengren, Abby Barlow, Madison Seegmiller, Emma Thornley, Hailey Low, Hope Preston, Avery Moore, Mari Konold, Reagan Gardener, and Eliza Arrington. Thank you to all of those people and more for helping to push me to become the best version of myself!

What was your greatest accomplishment?

I think one of my biggest accomplishments was actually breaking our overall school record in the 1600m. I've always wanted to break one of our records and I finally got a chance to do that this final track season with a 4:50 1600.

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

I think I would tell myself to really enjoy everything. You only get four years of high school, and that's something you should cherish. Even though races come with a lot of pressure, I think I would enjoy that pressure more.

What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?

Throughout high school, I went through three different coaches. I think it was hard to try to figure out how to handle the transitions between them all. I also get a lot of anxiety and trying to master the mental game can be really hard.

What will you miss the most?

I think I'll miss the people the most. My friends and coaches really changed my life and I'm going to miss them when I leave.

What advice would you give to younger athletes?

Enjoy the opportunities! Be grateful for the chance to prove yourself. Being nervous before a race just means you care. Also, be consistent. Being mentally determined really helps.

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

I really owe it all to my coach. Without her, I would never have made it to where I am today. Not only did she help me get faster, but she also helped me understand who I am as a runner, regardless of time.

What are your college plans?

I'm super excited to get to run at BYU this coming fall!

Who would you like to say 'thank you to?

Thank you so much to all of the coaches that I've had over the years. You changed my life. Thank you to my teammates. You pushed me to become better. Thank you MileSplit for taking amazing photos. Thank you to everyone who came to watch me race and cheer me on. It really helps knowing there are people who care. And thank you to my parents, for supporting me in all my endeavors and coming to my meets.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

It's a great day to be a mustang!