Weini Kelati talks about staying positive after NCAA track championships were canceled | KOB 4

Weini Kelati talks about staying positive after NCAA track championships were canceled

Brandon Ortega
Created: March 25, 2020 11:04 PM

ALBUQUERUQUE, N.M. —  COVID-19 shut down the NCAA indoor track and field meet less than 24 hours before it was set to start here in downtown Albuquerque. It heartbreaking news for the Lobos who had five NCAA qualifiers. Weini Kelati, a two-time NCAA champion, was primed to be a contender for another national title.

“I was ready and I was so excited to have our indoor meet and all of a sudden they just announced that it got canceled," she said.

The loss of the meet took away a chance for Kelati to win another title, but in front of a hometown crowd. After the dust settled she began to move on by doing what she does best.

“Right away the next day I went to run because that's what I wanna see myself doing. I don't wanna stop or give up on something. Of course
it's going to get better soon we're going to start like we used to usually do training and planning a racing plan so for me I never stop running," Kelati said.

Kelati is taking advantage of the fact that she has more to time to focus on academics. She's applying the same work ethic to her studies that has helped her win her two NCAA titles.

“I just tell myself to stay motivated and work hard no matter what even if I don't know what's gonna happen but this is the time is that we need to stay motivated and keep what we're doing usually," she said.

This week Kelati was named Mountain West student athlete of the year—yet another award for Kelati to add to her already stacked trophy


With the spring season canceled, Kelati is staying positive and continues to run—preparing for whatever comes next.

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