Sorenya Miller, a 200 and 400 meters track specialist, said she is satisfied with her achievements, after completing a three-year athletics scholarship at the Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
Miller graduated with a degree in Sports Psychology (major) and Sports Management (minor).
Looking back at her performances on the track, Miller said, “My highlights have to be my 2017 and 2019 years. The 2018 season was rough because I got injured, so for that season I only had like three meets …. I was back to square one.”
And while she was a member of her college’s 4x400m relay team that went through to the Division Two nationals in 2017, she described her 2019 season as her “come back year,” during which she equalled the school record in the indoor 400 meters and ran personal bests at every outdoor meet.
So much so, she was named Most Improved Athlete in the Cross Country Race, and Top 2018/2019 Women Track and Field Athlete at her college.
“My other highlight was my academics,” Miller said.
“When I finished college I had like 2.7 GPA, and my goal then was to be better on and off the track. After the first semester when I had that 3.7, I never looked back…. . I felt good because my hard work had paid off… it really was a blessing,” she added.
She recalls being inspired before races by motivational videos from Erick Thomas. From him, she took the mantra ‘I can, I will, I must’ which, she admitted, drove her to improved performances in 2019.
From among her many supporters, to whom she is grateful, she has a special gratitude for Track and Field coach Michael Ollivierre who, she said, encouraged her to study abroad and which opened her eyes.
She reaches out to athletes here with the encouraging words: “Believe in your vision and believe in yourself.”