Summer Kids Play Week Track & Field
This summer, the Sho Up And Sho Out track team is running towards the AAU Junior Olympic Games in Des Moines, Iowa. 11 of the teams’ 14 members will make the big trip north next week, but 2A state champ Jai’Lin King says while the competition might be greater, her personal goals never change. “I’m doing summer track so I can just keep with it and get better at it and not take a long break, so I can just continue to stay in shape.” With the added challenge, however, comes greater opportunity for growth. Alexa Valenzuela, one of Jai’Lin’s teammates on that state title winning team, says she notices a difference in herself when she goes up against the nation’s best. “It makes me a better runner, honestly. I’m running with 18 year olds, you know I’m running with people that have already graduated high school. That are going into their college, but still running. It makes me tougher, honestly. ” On the boys’ side, Naaji Gadsen is no stranger to the bright lights himself. A 2016 national champ in the 80 meter hurdles, Naaji’s returning to Iowa for what he hopes will be a repeat performance. yet despite the stakes, the 16-year old says it’s just business as usual. “I’ve been doing this every summer. So it just keeps me out of trouble, and then just keep me out the way. Just stay working out, stay doing stuff and then when it come to August for football, I’m fresh” in all, eight members of sho up and sho out are making return trips to nationals, which kick off on july 25. it seems safe to say this team’s ready for the heat. sean coffey, Newscenter 25 Sports.
Our Summer Kids Play Week series continues Friday with 7-on-7 and Cuero youth track,