Shayna Gray Vestal, NY

About Shayna

Sophomore, Chemistry

I began running in seventh grade after my mom started dating a guy with a daughter my age who just completed her first season of cross country. Before this, I had always been a basketball person, but I decided to give track a try. My first year running I decided to be a sprinter. Needless to say, it wasn’t one of my best ideas. I gave up on basketball, trained for cross country in the fall and continued running every year. I became a distance runner on the track and was much better suited doing that. Not only did I develop a love for the sport, but being on a team was fun and an easy way to make new friends that you could see everyday at practice.

With this run, we are all working towards a common goal and the best part about it is the fact that we are able to do it together. Some of the strongest bonds I have made here at RIT have been within my team and I am ecstatic to see how much stronger those bonds will be after this endeavor. I decided to participate in the run because of all of the people who believe we aren’t capable of doing it. I’d like to prove that you can do anything once you put the time and dedication forward to accomplish it, as well as showcase our strength as women athletes at RIT.