STUDENT Spotlight
Natalie Giordana, Track and Field Participant

Student Spotlight is a regularly-updated feature that highlights Baltimore County Public Schools students involved in a wide range of activities and programs. Spotlighted students receive and answer a series of questions through which they share their experiences. In this Student Spotlight, Natalie Giordana, a senior at Dulaney High School, discusses her involvement in track and field. (To see more student spotlights, click here.) Student Spotlight

Why did you join track and field?         
My best friend proposed the idea to join track and field because our cross country team is large and social. We wanted to have fun!

When did you start track and field?       
I started track and field during my sophomore year.

How did you become a track and field runner at your school?             
First, I joined cross country and, junior year, I decided to extend my training by joining track at Dulaney High because I didn’t want to stop running.

How do you practice/prepare for track and field?              
In the summer, I trained because I knew that, otherwise, I would have lost a lot of momentum.  Those summer runs definitely made a difference.

Have you won any awards/honors for track and field?               
Junior year, one of the coaches, Julie, awarded me a Most Improved Award, which was a piece of paper that she designed and colored. It tickled me, but it also meant a lot.

What is the most rewarding part of being a track and field runner?        
Once you get through a rough patch, that is the most rewarding part.

What is the most challenging part of being a track and field runner?            
It is extraordinarily difficult to overcome negative running habits. If you get into the habit of letting certain onsets of pain or hardship discourage you, it can be even harder to overcome that pain the next time.

What advice do you have for other aspiring track and field runners?          
Learn from your teammates. Talking to each other about what it is that goes on in your head during races can be beneficial. The psychological part of this sport should not be underestimated.

What are your hopes for this school year?          
I want to reach a good place in my college process and effectively balance running with my other interests, like singing and musical theatre.

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