Submitted by guest contributor Reggie Ramey
On April 5th 2014, the Graceland Yellowjackets competed at a track meet in Emporia, Kansas, placing in the top 15.
“Everyone seems to be getting better every week and all the hard work at practice is beginning to pay off,” said head coach Reece Vega.
The weather conditions have contributed to the Jackets’ successes as well, making the middle of the outdoor season especially pleasant.
“I felt like everyone was determined…” Deontae Brown said of the Emporia meet. “This year I feel like we are all better. Everyone’s been pushing…”
Brown, an athlete who plays two sports, joined the team this year after taking a year off from Graceland.
When asked if being a two-sport athlete was difficult, Brown laughed. Playing two sports, he said, requires a lot of dedication and commitment.
Brown jumped a personal best at the meet in Emporia with an outstanding jump of 13.27. This jump pushed Brown in the 14th place spot.
“After jumping my personal best that day, I felt like I was on top of the world” Brown said.
Overall, the season has been a success. The next one, though, should be even better. The Yellowjackets have a strong group coming in as recruits next year, setting the stage for strong performances in the future.