I grew up in Fort Collins Colorado where I started my running career in the 7th grade. A mediocre runner in high school (I only had PR’s of 9:34 3200 and 4:24 1600), I really burst onto the scene while running for the division 2 powerhouse Adams State where I captured 16 All American honors and 6 National titles. At Adams I ran times of 13:36 (5k), 3:39 (altitude adjusted 1500), and 4:01 (mile). I contribute much of my foundation and success to Coach Martin and the Adams State program.
I met Annika at the D2 NCAA XC Championships in 2009, she was a runner for our biggest rival school, Western State. One of my teammates and her teammates had dated over the summer, broken up, but remained friends, so the Western girls were going to meet up with the Adams guys at an after-party. Annika and I met, had a few dances together, but was hardly ‘love at first sight or anything like that.