Nixon strives toward the championship
MON.| 4-10-23 | SPORTS
Senior track runner NazirNixon is determined to win statesthis season after losing last year due to an unexpected injury. This has only increased Nixon’s drive to win the state championship this year.
Nixon has been running track since his sophomore year. He competes in the 100, 200, four-by-one and four-by-two races, and is successful in these due to his hard work in practice and his competitive mindset.
Last season the track team made it to the state competition. As a team, they were determined to win because of how well they did in the regular season.
“We just like to win, we love competition and we do not like to lose,” Nixon said.
Unfortunately, Nixon pulled his hamstring during the four-by-one race during the state competition. This had a significant impact on their loss in states.
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“I was hurt, I was heartbroken,” Nixon said. Nixon was really disappointed, given that the Rose team was in
the lead for this race.
“I felt guilty because I didn’t stretch as good as I should have before the race, which is probably
why I pulled my hamstring,” Nixon said.
The relay team lost the race because they were missing Nixon; his absence was felt by the team.
“There is not a doubt in my mind that the four-by-one relay team would have won states hadNazir not gotten hurt,” Track coach Nnamdi Scott said.
As a result of his letdown last season, Nixon plans on focusing more on stretching before races inorder to avoid injury.
Coach Scott has also learned from this injury that it is important for his runners to be healthy and
prepared to run.
“As a coach, it’s necessary to stress the importance of eating right, training hard, and stretching,”Scott said. “As a staff, we always tell our student-athletes to take care of their bodies in order to perform at their best.”
Nixon is determined to win the state championship this year not only because of his personal
motivation but also because Rose has recently lost one of their football coaches, Stephen Lovett.
“We just lost our coach from football, Coach Lovett, so we [have] him in our mind so we are going to
run for him,” Nixon said.