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My Track Meet (S&D)

by Sophia Ginez
(Stanford, CA)

I was running the mile at my state meet in New Jersey. For some reason, the race started off of the track and finished on the track. I was at the front of the pack as we came onto the track. I saw my mom in the crowd and heard her yell that I should run the opposite way around the track, and for some reason, this made perfect sense to me, so I did it. But as I began to run, I realized that everyone else was running the correct way, so I started freaking out. When I had finished one lap, I turned around so that I was running the same way as the rest of the group. However, when I finished that lap, I heard my mother again telling me to run the opposite way, and again, listened to her. I finished the lap, and the race, but was unsure of how I did because I had been running the opposite way.

As I started to walk away from the finish line, exhausted, one of the officials called me back over. She told me that I hadn't finished the race and that I still had one more lap to run. Confused, I told her that I was pretty sure I had run all of my laps. While conferring with a Hispanic male official and checking their stopwatches, she said she thought so too, but that it couldn't be right because of the time I had run. She told me I had run a 4:19 mile, and clicked through my splits on the stopwatch. She then told me that since she had all of my splits, I must have done all of the laps, so I must be done with the race. Then I walked away to go find my parents. I found them, and we were standing up on this strange wooden balcony type thing that went all around the track. It had a tent-like covering over it, and had those plastic flags all around it. There were results nailed to the wooden posts that were holding up the balcony, so I started to look at them. Suddenly, the male official from before was right next to me, talking to me. Then, I woke up without ever finding out if I had won or not.

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