Track runner Goodger breaks school record

Jennifer Kan

Adrenaline pumping and sweat dripping, Mike Goodger crosses the finish line first breaking a school record. Most track and field athletes consider running a five-minute mile a phenomenal achievement. Mike Goodger, a remarkable varsity and cross country runner works hard to achieve a 4:15 mile.

“ Mike is an extremely motivated and hardworking runner,” Coach Meehan said. “He puts everything into his training and racing. He is not only talented but a very coachable athlete.”

Goodger decided to try track because he wanted to live a long healthy life. After a few days, Goodger realized his passion and talent for running and decided to continue running track. After many years of track, Goodger still loves running and plans on pursuing it in the future.

“Someone told me that running made you live longer,” Junior Mike Goodger said. “I wanted to live longer so I decided to try track and I noticed I was really good at it.”

At practices, long distance runners run over three miles at every practice. In order to improve times, Goodger must push through intense workouts. It takes a lot of time and commitment to improve mile times. In the future, all of the perseverance pays off for Goodger when he finishes first place at a meet.

“I run everyday single day and workout with my team a lot,” Goodger said. “It takes up a lot of my time but it improves my times and helps me compete better.”

Many dedicated athletes have little time for a social life. Goodger puts in many hours a week for track and school work. Goodger’s whole life revolves around track so he rarely has time to hang out with his friends and have a social life.

“I do not have much as social life as I would like because track and school gets in the way,” Goodger said. “I hang out with my teammates a lot.”

All of Goodger’s hard work and dedication has paid off because he has a scholarship to the University of Colorado and will continue to run track there. Goodger will continue to work hard at Colorado and set new goals for himself.

Even though Goodger achieved a great mile time he still continues to work hard and set future goals. With his great achievements Goodger will have no trouble accomplishing these goals.

“My plans for this year are to make it to CIF again and run a four minute mile,” Goodger said. “I like running because it something I am good at, that a lot of other people cannot do.”