The best thing about being 17, according to Shawn Richardson, is freedom.
"I'm able to go out more with my friends," he says. "I can do things solo."
Shawn is a rising high school senior in Minneapolis. School is fine, but what he really loves is track. His friend timed him running the 100-meter dash in 10.71 seconds.
The track season was canceled because of COVID-19. But if he can run that time officially, he will have the school record. Distance running isn't his thing. Shawn is a sprinter.
"It's like gathering energy and then just letting it go," he says.