Brittney Hansen Senior Send-Off:
What was your most memorable meet or race?
Arcadia Invitational in California. I got to race where my dad raced when he was in High School. It was awesome since I was born in Southern California but I didn’t grow up there and to have that connection with my dad with running was special.
Out of all your high school accomplishments, which stands out the most?
Getting 3rd place at State in the 1600. My best finish in the larger meets.
If you could do it all over again, is there anything you would change?
I will admit, I should’ve listened to my parents and joined the swim team and weights sooner for cross training instead of waiting until my senior year. Cross training is something that all athletes should take advantage of.
What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
Other than having to adjust to a new coaching staff in both XC & Track my senior year. I was mentally weak and always doubting my abilities by comparing myself to others. Competing on a team such as Bowling Green is a challenge. You are racing against some of the very best runners in the state and they are your teammates. Once I was able to get over that mental hurdle I was much more successful this senior season.
What will you miss the most?
I’ll miss all of my teammates, the friends I made over the years and just being a Purple in general.
Do you have any advice for younger athletes?
Stay mentally tough and train hard and everything will come together. POSITIVE THINKING. Trust your training and make sure you get your cross training. Taking care of your body is super important.
What are your college/career plans?
I am honored to continue my running career and run cross country and track for the University of Louisville. I plan to study clinical psychology.
Who would you like to thank?
My coaches (in order) Coach Wadvogal & Coach Shannon Kanan (Elementary School) even though I was running after school to chase a boy I liked at the time. Coach Sciubba (6th & 7th Grade) who gave me my first varsity spot at the “other” school. Coach Hammy & Coach Flemister (7th – 11th Grade), Coach Prieskorn (Senior year – XC), wish we had a few more years together. Coach Clark (Senior year – Track) & Coach Harris, for pushing me to my best. Coach Barry Haworth (My other team, Louisville Track Club) for all your positive encouragement and allowing me to pick your mind. Leon, my trainer, for making sure I never said “I can’t.”
Thank you to all the local press without you guys my parents couldn’t make a scrap book (which I know they love); Bowling Green Daily News: Brad Stephens, Michael Compton, and Zack Greenwell for all the coverage over the years. WBKO Sporting Connection Doug Thompson, Dominique Yates, and Lyndsey Gough. Sporting Times Magazine, Doug Thompson. KyTrackXC.com; Jonathan Grooms.
I would like to thank my parents for being my number one fans, even through the tough times. My grandparents for driving hours even for a 5-minute race or a 2-minute race if it’s the 800. Also my aunt, uncle and nephews for being the loudest cheering section at my meets. I wouldn’t be able to continue running without all your support.
Once a Purple, always a Purple! / L1C4 (Louisville First Cards Forever!)