Summer Track Athletes Prepare for State
POSTED: Monday, July 23, 2012 - 5:25pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 3:41pm
EDINBURG — "I'm practicing for my 400," said 8-year-old Victoria Gutierrez.
She's making big strides.
"I broke the regional record that was set for two years and I also broke another record with my team for the relay," said Gutierrez.
She is one out of more than 100 athletes who have qualified for state which takes place in Corpus this weekend.
"We're working pretty hard. I need to improve my time by quite a bit if I want to win state," said Gutierrez.
Victoria runs the 400 in a minute and 23 seconds.
"I need to beat 1:14, so I have a lot of work to do," said Gutierrez.
No matter what age, all of these athletes share the same hope.
"I want to try my best and see if I can make it to nationals," said another runner.
We're really proud of those kiddos. We really worked hard all summer. When you can come out and sweat and work in the sun and you're only 8 years old or in high school and represent your city by doing that, they've done one heck of a job," said Edinburg Recreational Manager, Mark Lozano.
All ages ranging from 5 to 18 participate in the track program. It helps prep them for the upcoming school year.
"Keeps them in shape for cross country, some of 'em get ready for football for the fall, so it's something that will help them get ready for that as well as keep them off the streetsl," said Lozano.
Each year, the athletes come back faster and stronger.
"It's making my endurance a little better, because last year I didn't have that good of endurance," said Gutierrez.
Working closely with her coach, Victoria's goals are within reach.
"He wants to try and improve my time to 1:16...and we're getting there," said Gutierrez.
The state competition begins Thursday.