Christi Beth (Johnston) Adams
CEO, Fleet Feet // Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field // 1998–2002

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM BELMONT?

Cross country road trips! We would be nervous and filled with excitement. We laughed, sang and made up dances in the van. It was oddly similar to a middle school slumber party. I still smile just thinking about it.

HOW DID BEING A STUDENT-ATHLETE AT BELMONT PREPARE YOU FOR LIFE AFTER ATHLETICS?

To successfully balance the responsibilities of being a student-athlete, you learn to make sacrifices. What’s more important: sleep, going out with friends or early morning practice? Evaluating what is most important is a practice that goes beyond athletics.

WHO WAS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON FOR YOU DURING YOUR CAREER AT BELMONT?

I have to pick two ladies: Jessica Harris and Keely Weaver. Jess was the team captain who welcomed me into the fold. She was full of wisdom and always had the perfect quote for any situation. Keely came to BU my sophomore year, and we became instant friends. To this day, she is my example of love and generosity.

WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE TRANSITIONING AFTER GRADUATION?

I had always followed a plan – make good grades, get a scholarship, go to college. I’m such a rule follower! After graduation, defining which path to commit to felt daunting because there was no longer a step-by-step guide. I didn’t understand right away that having choices was a good thing.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO CURRENT BELMONT STUDENT-ATHLETES?

Study what you love and also what challenges you. I changed my major late in the game, but it was absolutely the right choice. Also, work your tail off in your sport. I wish I had realized how awesome it was to have dedicated time to workout!

WHAT DEFINES BEING A STUDENT-ATHLETE AT BELMONT?

Commitment. Whether it’s classwork, practice, community service or having fun—we gave it 100%!