The Life of an Athletic Track Runner

How a scholar balances school and sports

As winter sports conclude and spring begins, new activities like track and field are starting. 

Senior Jamal Perry, a member of the track team since his freshman year, views track as a means to stay in shape for basketball and a sport he could excel in with serious commitment. 

He approaches training one day at a time, noting that track meets during the week can impact daily life. 

“If you’re planning on doing track and field, you need to enter with a strong mindset and establish a daily routine that you can maintain consistently, as it will benefit you in the long run,” Perry advises. 

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He emphasizes the importance of taking practices and the off-season seriously, given that track demands speed, endurance, and technique.

Reflecting on the team’s dynamics, Perry mentioned the initial challenge of losing two key seniors — Devan Daniels and Maleah Taylor, last year. However, the team has since become more cohesive. 

Perry credits the team’s resilience and the newcomers’ quick adaptation for this improved unity and performance.

With the season nearing its conclusion, our pirates are eagerly preparing for the NCS Bayshore Area Championships on May 11. 

Their dedication and hard work are aimed not only at personal bests but also at elevating the entire team’s performance at the upcoming championship.

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