Athletes Of The Week 4-18

Our Athletes Of The Week Are STJ Track Athletes

23 total gold medals at district. Nine of them coming from just three competitors. With results like that, St. Joe track and field has ample cause to be excited about next week’s regional in Bastrop.

Said girls track coach Alvin Mumphord, “Them placing that high showed the work and dedication that they have to their craft. And just showed that they really wanted it, so they went out there and got it.”

Shining brightest in a field of St. Joe standouts were freshman Nick Rodriguez and junior Meadow Pratka, each winning three events apiece. Three-sport star Maiya Tillman added three golds of her own as the school hopes to continue it’s legacy of success on the track.

Said Pratka, “It was definitely very scary. But I just had to believe in myself a lot, and keep pushing.”

Said Rodriguez, “It was just a show of how hard we work here at St. Joe. I started running in sixth grade, and so just all the hard work paid off in the race. “

For the past six years, St. Joe has claimed at least one state champion on both the boys and the girls side. Flyers track coach D.J. Monroe believes continuing that streak speaks to the program, top to bottom.

“It’ll complement our coaches that we have. It will definitely show that we have some kids here at St. Joseph High School that have a little bit of grit, and attitude to go out there on the track and compete every day in and day out.”

For Mumphord, it all comes back to reminding his kids to trust the process, and know they have what it takes — even as the lights get brighter.

“It would be a huge boost, getting them onto the State round. And competing at State, and just confidence for everybody else that we could all do this as a team and all could get it done.”

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