I'm Tori Gerlach and I am a senior at Pennridge High school.
I have always wanted to qualify for the Millrose Games. As a junior, I ran in the Millrose trials and placed 10th in a time of 5:07. Even though I didn't make the Games, I was still happy with my race but I still wasn't satisfied. I was to return again the following year and compete in the Millrose Trials one last time to try and qualify.
The start of the race was a little bumpy, and it was hard to try and position myself up in the front with the lead pack. The race went out fast, but I knew it would. I just missed the auto qualifier (top 2) and came in third with the time of 4:58. I was very happy with my race and my time because it was a big PR. I still had a chance of qualifying so I just had to wait and see.
When I found out I qualified for Millrose I was very excited! I accomplished something I have always wanted to accomplish. Not only do I get to run in the Games, but I get to watch some of my favorite professional athletes run in their events as well! I am looking forward to it!!