The junior finished second in the girls 200 meter run and fourth in the 100 meter dash at the District 1 3A Track & Field Championships May 20, then finished third in the 200 meter run at the PIAA Track & Field Championships May 27 with a clocking of 24.64. At the Central League Championships earlier this spring, she was a repeat first-place finisher in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter run and the long jump. She holds the school record for girls’ 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 400 meter dash, long jump and 4×100 relay. As a sophomore, she finished ninth at States in the girls indoor 200 meter run.
Q: What was the key to your performances at Districts?
A: The key was to get out hard and attack my races. I wanted to make sure that I was focused on the form aspects that I had been working on in practice and to not tense up.
Q: What aspect of your running are you working on most currently?
A: Currently I am working the most on my starts, as well as staying relaxed while I run.
Q: Do you think your background in gymnastics has helped you in the long jump, or in running?
A: My background in gymnastics has definitely helped me with both long jump and running. Long jump has a similar entry as vault in gymnastics in terms of the running start, so that was something I was already used to. Along with the physical aspects, gymnastics also helped me a lot with my mental toughness and the ability to perform in high pressure environments.
Q: You competed in the 4×100 and 4×400 relays at Penn Relays this spring. Tell us a little about your experience at the Penn Relays.
A: It was a lot of fun, this year we ran the 4×400 on Saturday so the crowd was much larger and there was more energy. My favorite memory was watching the college and the high school championship relays and competing in such a great atmosphere.
Q: What was your favorite memory of the indoor track season last winter?
A: My favorite memory from indoor track was when my dad and I drove to New York, and I ran a big PR in the 200 meter run. My dad, coach, and I were very excited, so it definitely made the drive, and one total hour that we had spent in the city, worth it.
Q: What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of running an indoor track, as compared to running an outdoor track?
A: I think that the hardest part about running on an indoor track is the tight curves and adjusting to a smaller track.
Q: Tell us a little about your running shoes, the type of shoe you favor and why.
A: I have been running in the Saucony Endorphin Speedrolls. They have lots of cushion and help me to run on my toes. My friend has the same pair so we can match, and I like that they are pink!
Q: Tell us a little about your pre-race preparation on the day of a race.
A: On race days I make sure that I eat and drink enough to stay energized, and try not to get too much in my head about my races. Before I race I listen to music, make sure my lucky earrings haven’t fallen out, and do a lot of stretching to stay loose.
Q: What is your favorite academic course at Harriton? What do you think you would like to major in at college?
A: My AP Physics class is my favorite. While it is definitely challenging, the environment of my class makes it a very enjoyable space where I can easily grow and learn. In college I’d like to major in biology as I am interested in the medical field, specifically in orthopedics and sports medicine.
Fun facts – Milan Ramey
Favorite book: When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi.
Favorite TV show: How to Get Away With Murder.
Favorite movie: Rio.
Favorite athletes: Sydney McLaughlin and Anna Hall.
Favorite pre-race pump-up song: Black Skinhead by Kayne West.
Favorite place to visit: Los Angeles.
Favorite pre-race meal: Bagels and smoothies.
Family members: parents Felicia and David, brother Nigel.
(To be selected as Main Line Girls Athlete of the Week, a student-athlete must first be nominated by her coach.)