Runners qualify for area

by Christian Pineda

L.D. Bell Track has turned it around this year with multiple competitors qualifying for area, a track meet to see who goes to regionals.

Senior Ricky Walton qualified for the 4×1, 4×2, and the open 200. Also, senior Christion Nealy qualified for the 4×1 and 4×2.

“I am extremely happy I get to continue my track season,” Walton said. “Area is something I’ve worked for all season.”

While preparing for area, track practices had a different vibe.

“I run about three 500’s, three 300’s, or four 240’s a day,” Nealy said. “Depends on what Mama Honc says.”

Preparing yourself for an upcoming meet can be a bit stressful, but they are committed and ready for anything the coaches throw at them.

“Stretching, practicing hard, hydrating and getting in the cold tub is how we stay healthy,” Nealy said.

Although the process can be difficult, the athletes’ coaches prepared them for greatness.

“I train hard and then rest,” Nealy said.

This was his first time qualifying for area so he intended to go out with a bang.

These two athletes are very excited and humbled to have this great opportunity.

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