By Federico Ghelli
Miles Green, a senior at The Lincoln University, is leaving a mark at the institution thanks to his dedication and hunger for glory.
The 21-year-old student athlete from Baltimore, MD discovered track and field only during his junior year in high school. Green was previously a soccer player, but after a friend suggested that he try out for the track team, he took the challenge and quit soccer.
“I figured that if I ran track, I would [received] a scholarship for college,” Green said.
Green made it to his high school track team and by his senior year, won regional championships twice in the 300 and 500 meters, as the only athlete on the team to qualify for indoor state championships.
“All I knew was to go hard,” he said.
In the classroom, Green obtained excellent results, graduating from high school with a grade point average (GPA) above 3.0, leading to him being noticed by different higher education schools across the country.
Quanette Ford, former track and field assistant coach at The Lincoln University, spotted Green during a track meet and offered him a scholarship.
“[He] offered me a scholarship based on my academic and athletic results”, Green explained, “and it was the best offer I received so I decided to attend college [here].”
Since his freshman year, Green achieved great results. He has qualified for the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America Championships and placed at conference championships every year.
“When I get on the track, nothing else matter. I don’t see anything, I don’t feel anything, I don’t hear anything. All [that] matters is to win.”
Green reached his highest point last March, when he qualified in the 400 meters for the 2014 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Green remembers the NCAA championships with great passion, with the chance of competing against the best college athletes in the United States.
“It was mind-blowing, an intense competition, the best of the best,” Green said describing his experience.
Outside the track, Green obtained several accolades. He was named Academic All-American and made it to the Dean’s List every academic year, while keeping a solid 3.2 GPA.
For 2015, Green said he hopes that more of his teammates will join him and qualify for the NCAA. He also expressed that he wants to keep his grades up and keep being successful academically as well.
To the younger student-athletes, Green suggests to prioritize, learn how to manage time effectively, and maintain the momentum of the love for the sport.
“[To be successful in the track,] you need to have heart, attack, be hungry to win,” Green expressed. “To be great, you should give to winning as much importance as breathing.”