October 17, 2007

With emotion, timing is everything

I caught touchdowns, first downs, threw blocks that sprung touchdowns and ran off safeties so my tight end and slot receiver could get open. I played special teams, caught the long ball and even got in on a tackle after an interception was thrown.

I won the 200 meters at the Aggie Relays at Texas A&M in 20.38. I ran on a sprint medley team that won the Texas Relays and ran the fastest time in the world at that time. I anchored a 39.46 second 4X100 meter relay team and had been All American in the 4X100 meter relay, the 400 meters, the 200 meters and the 4X400 meters.

But …

I wanted to be a national champion in track and field. That was something that consumed my thoughts. I had been a big contributor on a team national championship but had been relegated to second place many times in individual and relay events.

North Carolina State and its track facility provided my final opportunity to make good on my goal my senior year.

When the final in the 4X100 Relay was started, we were near the middle of the track. When it came to my leg of the race, the third leg, I went around that turn knowing that we were going to win. When I handed off for the anchor leg in first place, I raised my hands in the air, and realized I had finally been a part of an event national champion. As I jogged down the home-stretch hundred, I looked toward the finish line and saw the team in the lane next to mine raise its hands and start to celebrate. I had another second place finish.

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