Hannah Waller Finds The Fun And Purpose Of Racing On The Track


Track meets used to terrify Hannah Waller. “Scared shook,” she called it. She couldn’t focus, and she got so nervous she wasn’t able to give everything she had against the best competition in the nation.
“I would be like, ‘I know this is a fight-or-flight response, but I don’t know know what to do with it,’” Waller explained. “So I would just get in my head and start to overanalyze. I was basically defeating myself before I had even given myself a chance.”
In track and field, athleticism can only take an athlete so far. At a certain point, the talent is generally on a level playing field. In the case of Oregon athletics, the competitors are all D-I athletes, but not everyone can package the emotions to win a race when it matters.

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