Name: Colton Sands
School: Penns Valley
Personal Bests: 1600 – 4:16; 2 Mile – 9:07; 5000 – 15:14
Highlights: 4 time state champ, XC All American
Favorite Running Memory: The 2017 XC season, we had an wonderful group of guys and the culmination of winning the team state title was like nothing else I’ve ever experienced.
Favorite Thing about Running: The competitive aspect when it’s just you and the guy next to you and it comes down to nothing but guts.
How did I get into running: I joined Nittany Track and Field in 5th grade because my mom wanted me to be more active and fell in love with the sport.
COVID-19: The cancellation of the spring track season was really devastating. I was really excited for the season and what it would hold. I try to take the positives from situations like this and I can say I feel I am in a positive spot moving forward and am as excited for an XC season as I ever have been.
Plan for Senior Year: Help win Penns Valley another team XC title and have a great time with the boys. Hopefully also do my part in establishing Brendan and I as the nation’s best duo.
Hobbies: Hiking, skiing, video games, and watching movies
What would I be doing if not running: I would have to say playing basketball even though I’m really bad I enjoy it a lot.
Future Plans: Continue my running at the collegiate level and continue to grow as a person and an athlete.
Favorite Class: Civics and Economics