Practices so far have been cold with a late winter feel, but Mead senior Abbey Glynn is ready to go for her final season with the Mavericks track and field team.
"I'm feeling a lot better than previous years," Glynn said. "I'm more excited to start this season than I have been (before)."
The three-sport athlete is having a good senior year so far. On the volleyball court, she led the team with 73 blocks and was second with 187 kills, helping Mead reach the Class 4A state tournament. During the winter, she was the leading scorer and rebounder for the girls basketball team, who also reached the Class 4A state tournament.
With so much success so far, Glynn is hoping that it carries over to the track. In her junior season with the track and field team, Glynn helped the 800 sprint medley relay team win the state title and reached the podium in the 400-meter run, 300 hurdles and another relay.
While putting up solid times, Glynn is looking for that elusive state title in an individual event to complete her high school career.
"I definitely have to push myself harder than I have in the previous years," Glynn said. "I need to stay confident throughout the races... state is a long ways away, but I'm excited for it."
Pressure is not in the vocabulary for Glynn this season. She has no worries about winning her elusive individual state title and getting more medals in May. She also is not concerned about representing her future college she will be running track next year.
If anything, there is a sense of relief felt by the senior for her final run with the Mavericks.
Glynn made her commitment to run track at the University of Colorado back in October. It was a decision that has weighed on her for most of her high school career. It began with a discussion with one of her track coaches, who told her that the path to playing college athletics would go through track and not volleyball, like she imagined.
"I always wanted to play volleyball in college," Glynn admits. "After that conversation, I didn't think he was right. I kept looking at other colleges, and then there were times where I felt he was right."
The thought of competing at a major Division I college fueled Glynn the following years on the track and saw her rewarded with multiple trips to state and spots on the medal podium. The conversation and realization of her future added a fire to the sport she had not felt before.
"The past few years, I just thought of track as just track, but now I look forward to track practices," Glynn said.
Once set on looking for track, then came the challenge of finding the right spot. It turned out that spot would be just down the road to Boulder.
Now a few months after her commitment, Glynn says all is right that she will be running for CU.
"I love track, so I feel this is the best decision I made," Glynn said.
The past is settled and the future set. It's full steam ahead for Glynn on the track as she looks to close her high school career on top with her mind at ease.
"I think it would be pretty cool to finish with a state title," Glynn said.