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Clayton State runners train and teach
by Maurice Dixon
July 16, 2013 04:24 PM | 2661 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Photo<br>Clayton State rising senior Wilson Louima instructs kids at camp while training for track and field season.
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Clayton State rising senior Wilson Louima instructs kids at camp while training for track and field season.
While helping cross country and track and field head coach Mike Mead with the speed development camp at Clayton State, runners Wilson Louima and Job Kemboi are preparing themselves for competition next season.

Louima, a rising senior, is a sprinter for the men’s track team and Kemboi, a rising sophomore, is a member of the men’s cross country team. After attending Tiffin University, Louima joined the track team last year and ran the 100 and 200-meter dashes, indoor 60-meter and for the relay teams.

“Last year, I was a transfer just trying to fit in but this year my goal is to be MVP of the track team on and off the field,” Louima said. “Definitely try to score a lot of points in the conference. My goal is to try to break the record here in the 60-meter dash and 200. Also get the 4-by-100 team to nationals also.”

To accomplish such, Louima has been working out with former teammate Edlin Veras by lifting weights, running for conditioning and doing lunges.

“I’m trying to get that strength for when the season starts,” Louima said.

The track season officially gets underway in January.

“My goal is to definitely leave a legacy here,” Louima said.

Well before Louima begins to sprint, Kemboi, who is Kenyan, will start competing for the cross country team Aug. 14.

“Job was our top runner last year,” Mead said.

On the eight-man team last season, Kemboi was the lone freshman but was named the team’s Most Valuable Runner. He was also a member of the All-Peach Belt team and had four top-10 finishes.

Mead expects the team to have a few more members this season. As far as the women’s team, Mead said the entire team will return except Paige Galvin, who recently graduated.

“I’m hoping we can at least get our women’s team back to nationals,” Mead said.

He also hopes his competitors have spent some of their time running this summer whether on their own or in a road race.

“We will see who comes in shape,” Mead said. “I always tell them I like to see you coming back from at least where you ended last season.”

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