16-year-old Ja’Naria Jackson, from Terrell High School, has made great accomplishments in the sport that she loves.
Last week, the sophomore competed in the 2022 Texas Track & Field State Championships meet in Austin, Texas. On Thursday evening, Jackson ran in Lane 4 and was victorious over runners from all over the state. She ran 11.74 seconds in the 100m.
As others cheered for her, Jackson ran again. This time she ran 23.69 seconds in the 200m.
In close to two hours, Jackson clinched two State Championships. She has stated that her long days and nights and her persistence has led to her victories.
“… It actually is a blessing. I’m proud, but I will most definitely be coming harder next year,” she said.
Jackson attributes her motivation to self-improvement. She strives to better her time, form, method of coming out of the block, and winning at state.
Her regular regimen includes running, block work, and sled pulling. To add, she doesn’t take breaks in the summer but works with a personal trainer.
“This has been a wonderful year and hopefully a better year next year,” Jackson said.