Being the Best: Kamiakin's Anthony ArmstrongPosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- It's best to dream too big than to not dream at all. Kamiakin track star Anthony Armstrong recently set the national high school mark in the indoor 3000 meter race. Now, he has his sights set on breaking that mark along with re-writing the Braves record book.
Armstrong set the 3000m mark back in January at the UW Nike Invitational, a race for the nation's top runners of all ages.
"When you show up, everybody there just seems intimidating and it's kind of nerve-racking," said Armstrong. "Once you get to the point where you get nationally ranked, you just have to keep the motivation, to keep going."
The accomplishment comes at a price. Armstrong runs 60 miles a week and spends roughly 3 hours a day lifting and running, leaving little time for his studies.
"I can always stay up later to do homework so I can practice and work out," said Armstrong.
In the fall of this school year, Armstrong placed 3rd in state in cross country. This spring his sights are set on rewriting Kamiakin's record books from 800 meter races all the way up to the 2-mile.
"People ask me if I am going to get better and I kind of just set a goal and know I can get it," said Armstrong.
His biggest dream of all is to run in the Olympics. To do so, he must run a mile in under 4 minutes just to help his chances. For now, he'll just run, lift, and dream big.