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By: Dennis Hernandez

Although track and field has not officially begun, many student-athletes have begun preseason practice and conditioning. These individuals go beyond what’s expected of them and as a result they benefit greatly. One such individual is varsity sprinter and captain, Clarissa Xedos.

Her interest in track and field began when she first saw her older brother, who was a track sprinter himself, running during a track meet. She thought to herself, “I want to be just like him. I want that kind of speed, and to be able to do something that great.” So she joined and very quickly became a varsity runner. As this season is set to begin, she is now captain.

She describes the feeling of becoming captain as an honor, saying “I’m very honored because it means all my hard work has paid off.” Clarissa knows that there is a lot of work to be done, especially with the athletes who are new to the team. As captain, she will ensure that “We do more conditioning because, as sprinters, it’s always about what’s known as explosion which is your take off but you also need to end the race just as strong as you started.” This season Clarissa said the team’s focus is on “perfecting our techniques and making sure we use our muscles to the fullest potential.” Clarissa is the type of athlete who always wants to “help my teammates reach bigger and better goals.” Certainly as captain she will be able to do that. Go SGHS Track and Field!

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