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While interviewing some of the girls from the track team I asked them what made them want do track and Tikira Johnson said, “I love doing field events because I feel like it gives me sort of a challenge to overcome. I also love field events because they’re really fun and they give me something to practice my endurance with.” Marikka McCoy also responded and said, “It has always been a dream, ever since I was younger I have always wanted to run because when I’m out on the track I feel alive and free and it’s just amazing.”  Shekenia Green, also known as one of the fastest feet on track, runs a cool 25.4s on the 200 meter dash.

Although girls track, like with any sport, has its doubts, somehow team members always seem to pull through that doubt. Teammate Raniya Johnson said that there are times when she does not know if she is going to win or lose but with the determination she has she always manages to push through that doubt and give each meet her best.

A tradition that has started with girls track is that after each meet is over, whether they have won or lost, the team meets up in a circle and congratulates each other on the effort they put forth. Coach Gill especially takes time to talk to each team member and praises them on what they did and tells them what they need to work on in order to prepare for the next meet.

As all you LVHS students may know Coach Gill is an amazing coach and has worked at La Vega for several years.  But did she always want to be a sports coach?  Coach Gill said, “No, after graduating from Baylor I was an Interior Design major, I did model homes all over the U.S. When I married my husband who is a La Vega graduate, I had to find another job so that’s how I got into coaching track. I had the experience because I ran at Baylor and as you can see it worked out fine.” We are happy it worked out and that LVHS now has such an amazing coach for our girls track team!

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