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Track competed in Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays meet

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The track team competed in the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays track meet at the University of Texas in Austin on March 30 and 31. The event included high school, college, university and invitational divisions and had competitors from around the United States and almost 12 different countries.

“Overall, Texas Relays was definitely a success,” junior Aaliya Fazel said. “Our boys Distance Medley Relay got fourth place and our girls got fifth. It was a great opportunity for the whole team to grow closer and represent Hebron High School in a positive way.”

Track coach Christopher Capeau started preparing the team in December, and gradually increased the intensity of its workouts. Fazel said Capeau has been focused on the team taking care of themselves through processes like rolling out their muscles, using recovery equipment and taking ice baths frequently.

“I’m a big believer in [continuing] what we’ve been doing,” Capeau said. “The track meet was high intensity and [meets in general] can be very nerve-wracking. Sometimes you need to experience that before you go to [championships].”

This track meet is the largest competition the team attends during the year, aside from the championships. Fazel was a part of the girls Distance Medley Relay in the high school division.

“The competition is so intense that you have to qualify to even make it to [preliminaries],” Fazel said. “It attracts competition from various states. It is so important because it allows us to compete against athletes we normally would not race until deeper into championship season, and allows us to get more accustomed to high pressure races.”  

Capeau said he wanted the team to have control over its emotions and performance on the track in order to ensure success. After this meet, the team’s focus is championship season.

“I think we’ve kept it simple in our training,” Capeau said. “We want them to be the common control factor, in order to have that control, whether it be at Texas Relays or championships, or our own track field. We knew this [track meet] was just a stop along the way, so I wouldn’t say this was our focus. We used this experience as a way to get ready for our focus.”

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