Not long ago I had the opportunity to chat with one of my best friends here at Eastern about the upcoming track season. Milan Sharma is entering his last spring season as a college athlete and wants to finish it strongly.
Sharma had an excellent season his freshman year. After a successful fall season Sharma placed second in the distance medley at an indoor championship meet. His success continued in the Spring season of his freshman year with a seventh place overall finish in a first team all MAC championship meet. Sharma was also a part of a relay team that shattered a team record in the 4 X 800 relay, which was also at a championship meet.
It has been quite a while since that freshman season and since then Sharma has had to miss a lot of time after the majority of the 2020 season was canceled due to Covid. Not only did Sharma miss out on that time but he also missed the Fall season of 2021 after testing positive for Covid, and needing more time to recover than originally expected.
Sharma is finally healthy again and is getting ready to close his career out as an Eastern Eagle. When I asked him about expectations for himself and the team this year, he informed me that he would be missing both championship meets this year. As a result, he does not have championship expectations for himself but wants to see the team rebuild and see freshmen step into leadership roles.
Later in our conversation, I asked Sharma about running and if it would be something he continued for himself or competitively after college. Sharma said, “I probably will take a break from running for a while. I most likely will never run competitively again, so I just want to enjoy this last season.”
The track team this year is young and Sharma is the only senior for the distance team. He is also the best distance runner on the team which makes improving difficult. When asked about how he will stay motivated Sharma said, “Honestly, my top concern is doing my best during this last season for me and enjoying every moment.”