Senior Sendoff: Conley Brooks - Hazel Green

Name: Brooks Conley

High School: Hazel Green

What was your most memorable meet and why?
Probably the James Clemens Invitational on March 13th this season because at this meet I dropped about 15 seconds off my pr and it really helped my confidence and help me get in the mindset of I can be good if I put in the work

Where did you face your biggest competition?
As of this moment it would be this past seasons sectionals because I dropped 6 seconds off my pr and its the race that had the most on the line, but I am registered for Runninglane's track championship where I hope to try and pr by a lot.

Out of all of your high school accomplishments, which stands out the most and why?
This season I broke my schools 3200m record and that meant a lot knowing that I made a name for myself in our distance program that is on the rise and I just hope that I've helped inspire people to go and get their goals and just be the best they can.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change about your running career in high school?
I would go back and start as soon as possible. I only started my junior year but I only got serious this past school year and looking back I had the opportunity to start running back in 7th grade but I passed on the option and it pains me to think about what could've been.

What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome during your HS Track career?
One thing I really struggled with and that I still struggle with is getting over the mental barrier of I have to get out and practice outside of just our program if I want to be any good at running and I've gotten a lot better about being consistent and dedicated but I still have a lot of room to improve in all aspects.

What will you miss the most?
I will 10000% miss the people I've met along the way. I'm the person at meets who will talk and make friends with anyone from anywhere and even the people I compete against consistently and I will just miss those moments but can't wait for the ones to come.

Do you have any advice for younger athletes?
Stay Motivated. To be good you have to want it and if you aren't dedicated and if you don't put in the effort you will never get to the times you want. So just you have to stick with it and put in everything you've got.

What are your post-high school or college plans? Who would you like to say thank you to?
This fall I will begin my collegiate Track and Field career at the University of Alabama where I will major in Biology. My ultimate goal is to become a Dentist. Thank you to my coach for pushing me to be the very best I can be. From the start, you have more than just a coach. Thank you to my teammates for pushing me, while I pushing you all. Thank you to my parents for being there every step of the way no matter how far we had to travel. Thank you my supporters for the sweet messages and well-wishes every time I race. Thank you AHSAA for granted the opportunity that allowed me to earn 18 state championships. Last, but not least, thank you God for blessing me with my gift of speed. None of this would be possible without you.