When the problems were solved, I was confused why it took velocity negative in all of them

at time = 0, velocity was negative in problem 1, 2, and 3. Why?

1. A spring is stretched 20 cm by a 4-kg mass. The weight is released with a downward velocity of 2 m/s. Neglect damping. Find an equation for the position of the spring at any time t and graph the position function.

2. A spring is stretched 10 cm by a 4-kg mass. The weight is pulled down an additional 20 cm and released with an upward velocity of 4 m/s. Neglect damping. Find an equation for the position of the spring at any time t and graph the position function. Find the amplitude and phase shift of the motion.

3. A spring is stretched 2 inches by a 6-pound weight. The weight is then pulled down an additional 4 inches and released with a downward velocity of 4 ft/s. Neglect damping. Find an equation for the position of the spring at any time t and graph the position function. Find the amplitude and phase shift of the motion.