Big Splash For The Rookie: North Salem’s Alex Vasquez In 100 Meter Finals

By Jeremy McDonald

ALBANY, Ore.–  Entering his first season of Track and Field, he didn’t expect himself to be one of the last eight standing entering Friday’s final at West Albany High School.

North Salem Football and Basketball stud Alex Vasquez just wanted to compete one last time and just have fun before walking across that stage next month as a graduate.
“It’s really cool because at the start of the year I didn’t expect to make it this far, I didn’t expect to be that good,”said Vasquez. “I just wanted to come out  and have fun and compete, but being known as the fastest one, at least at North and one of the fastest at the District, it’s pretty cool.”
The event, the 100 meter dash.  Eight of the best sprinters in the Greater Valley Conference, to be one of them and try to get at least in the 10.8-10.85 range to automatically qualify or finish in the Top 2 in the race stands in front of him.
But to get to this point, there were some nerves as he lined up in the blocks for his heat
“It could determine if it’s your alst race or if your going to go race again, but once I got to the blocks, all of it just went away and I just focused on tasking in.”
When he finished, and heard his named called over the intercom, he was greeted by a hug by one of his coaches as this senior who just wanted to have fun and compete one last time, made it to the doorstep of the State Tournament and to be one of the best in the GVC in qualifying for the finals.
“It just felt great making the finals,” said Vasquez with a smile.
With a day-off Thursday to help heal up and practice on what he needs to practice on, but all-in-all, it’s all about having fun with it by day’s end.
“Just staying focused at tomorrow at practice, recover real well and have quality reps and less quantity of them,” said Vasquez.  “And just stay focused and stay prepared but still have fun with it.”
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