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Page Has a Rising Track Star

Page Has a Rising Track Star
March 24
14:58 2015

New Balance Nationals small picBy Aaron Kellar

The city of Page is known for many things, such as its sights and friendly community, but it also has its own track superstar, Jeffery Miller, a Page High School senior runner, who competes at the national level.

Lake Powell Communications spoke with Miller and his coach, MacArthur Lane, about a recent track race he participated in, among other topics.

The race, called the New Balance Nationals Indoor 2015, took place in New York City and yielded Miller first place in his heat and mile, finishing 3rd place over all.

“I was hoping somebody was going to jump in front of me and push me, but that wasn’t the case, and I led it from start to finish,” Miller said proudly.

He explained the races are normally a team sport, but this one was “more individual” because he was the only one that traveled to New York for the race. He wasn’t shy about stating how much teamwork is usually involved.

Miller was also happy to share his story of how he got into running.

Cross Country Boys

Miller holds state title cross country trophy with his teammates

“I started running consistently at probably sixth grade, and when I joined the cross country team, I got a lot more serious about it my freshman year,” Miller said.

He explained he spent his middle school years running just to stay in shape, before getting more competitive during high school.

“I walk into every race with confidence, knowing I’m going to win, worst case scenario, all the way up until I take 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and so on, but I believe in confidence, and believing in yourself all the way through, and just trying your hardest every single day,” said Miller.

He also talked about his preference of track over cross country, citing the firm, flat surface, as being easier to run on, as well as the shorter distance to run.  He believes he does better with shorter distances.

Coach Lane was eager to chime in about Miller’s self assessment, saying, “For him to compete at such a high level, it just speaks to his ability as a runner, and the confidence in himself that he has to be able to perform at such a high level.”

Currently, Miller runs about 40 to 45 miles a week.

As for his college goals, Miller said he hasn’t decided where he wants to go yet, but he hopes to attend a college with a good running program as well as a good educational program.  He is interested in studying aeronautical engineering.

There is no doubt Page will be watching Jeffery Miller’s athletic career with great interest in the coming years.

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