Senior Derrick White currently competes in the 200- and 400-meter dashes, the 4x100 and 4x400 relays and the long jump occasionally.
White has run track, as well as played football, since he was a freshman.
“He was good from the beginning. Last year, his work ethic changed dramatically, and he went from being good to one of the best in the state,” said head coach Phillip Fowler.
In the 200, White’s best time is 21.76 seconds and 48.68 seconds in the 400.
“He is currently ranked the fastest boy in the state in [the 400]. He ran a 49.52 two weeks ago, beating second place by almost 3.5 seconds,” Fowler said.
According to Fowler, White also makes it a point to not simply compete, but to live as an athlete. Fowler described White as being “all-around well-conditioned” and said he is easts and drinks healthy foods, warms up and cools down properly and conforms his life to his athletic goals.
While White is not a team captain, Fowler said he will step up and give direction if needed. Aside from stepping into a leadership role at times, Fowler also said White is “willing to sacrifice as needed to run the relays and quick to help other athletes when they are serious about improving.”
White currently has several offers to run track in college, but has yet to make a final decision.