Tips From The Top: Niwot's Mary Gillett

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Mary Gillett has been running circles around the competition for years. She's tallied eight podium finishes at state, including two state titles - she was the 2017 state champion in the 200, and the 400. 

Gillett has found success in nearly every event she's competed in - she's tallied a staggering 52 wins across five outdoor events over the course of her high school career. Yes, you read that right. Gillett won 52 times. 

Whether it was the long jump, the 100, the 200, the 300 hurdles, or the 400, she's found a way to rise to the top. 

And now the Niwot grad is headed to Stanford. But before she heads west, she shared her three Tips From The Top.

1. Ask your elders for advice, for anything from race tactics to nutrition to overcoming mental barriers. Learn from those who are better, faster, wiser, and more experienced than you. This could be coaches, teammates, or competitors. Ask questions all the time. Gain as much wisdom and build as many connections as you possibly can. 

2. Use workouts as a time for specific race visualization. This helps you become more mentally prepared and engaged on meet day. 

3. Develop some self affirmations that you can repeat to yourself when those pre-race nerves come. I actually say my affirmations aloud as I'm waiting to get into my blocks. I probably look crazy doing it, but it works!