At first, it was a little bit of culture shock for Zack Lakitsky.
As he went from middle school track to varsity track, Lakitsky's confidence level was tested.
"It was just so different," Lakitsky said. "It was so much harder."
Like most freshmen, Lakitsky felt like he ranked "at the bottom of the list" when he first joined the high school team.
Feeling that way, Lakitsky said he didn't have enough confidence to compete successfully at the varsity level during the early days of his career.
As his high school career evolved, however, that changed.